By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio
With little debate Tuesday, the Kentucky House approved legislation exempting billboards with religious messages from state permitting requirements.
Environmentalists warn the state will lose $40 million per year in federal highway dollars if the bill becomes law, but House Speaker Greg Stumbo a loophole has been found.
“We actually – some people from the environmental community were kind enough to point that out to us. There will not be a fiscal impact as we understand it,” Stumbo said.
With seven days remaining in the session, the bill, which breezed through the House 80-16 Tuesday, now moves to the Senate.