In Frankfort, Talk of Special Session Begins

There’s now talk in Frankfort of a special session on Kentucky’s Medicaid budget.

Senate President David Williams says he’s willing to negotiate with the House on Medicaid, but if the talks don’t go anywhere, lawmakers may as well adjourn and go home. Then, if an agreement is reached later, it could be approved in a special session.

“If we came back on a Monday for a special session, we would use five days. That would save 13 days at about $68,000 a day,” he says.

But that idea does not sit well with House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

“If one believes you can accomplish in a special session what needs to be accomplished, why don’t you just do it now,” says Stumbo.

Balancing the Medicaid budget remains the last major issue still be resolved in the 2011 session, which is down to its last three days.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.