Lawmakers at Odds Over Ending Session Wednesday

The 2011 session of the Kentucky General Assembly could come to an unexpected end today. The House has adjourned until March 21st, to give the governor time to consider vetoes. But Senate Republicans say they will convene the Senate today, which would be the 30th and final day of the session.

House leaders cried foul, but Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers says the House walked out of a special session during the Fletcher administration.

“And said unless there was an agreement, they were not coming back to Frankfort. So maybe we want to go back and recall the facts. They have a hard time recalling the facts as they are. Don’t believe me. Don’t believe them. Look at the record,” he says.

If the session does end today, Governor Beshear will have to balance Medicaid under the current state budget, or call a special session. Two full days of House and Senate negotiations on the Medicaid budget ended in failure Tuesday.

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.