Stumbo Says Session Will Last Beyond This Week

by Tony McVeigh on March 15, 2011

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.

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