Stumbo Says Session Will Last Beyond This Week

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the special session on Medicaid won’t wrap up in one week.

Lawmakers couldn’t finish their work in 30-days, so Governor Beshear ordered them back for a special session. Now, House Speaker Greg Stumbo says it’s going to take longer than one week to get the job done in special session, though he’s not sure how much longer it could take. Stumbo says one reason for the extension could come from the House Appropriations and Revenue committee, which wants to hear how budget cuts recommended by Senate Republicans will affect state agencies.

“And that’s why we likely will not get through this week, is that there’s been no testimony at all about what impact that will have on other agencies that have already been severely reduced over a billion dollars in spending to our state government’s functions,” he says.

In the meantime, Stumbo says House leaders are working on a possible compromise on balancing the Medicaid budget.

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.