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Lawmakers End Special Session

by admin on April 20, 2012

by Josh James, Kentucky Public Radio

The seventh straight special session in Frankfort has ended with agreements on a transportation budget and House Bill 1, dubbed the “pill mill bill.”

The former survived after eleventh hour negotiations between the House and Senate produced a watered down compromise. The revised bull keeps KASPER, the state’s drug tracking database, under the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and does not move it to the Attorney General’s office, as was originally planned. But the bill guarantees funding for KASPER’s expansion.

“You know I would’ve preferred a stronger version, but obviously after conferring with the Attorney General’s office, prosecutors, and most importantly the governor,” says House Speaker Greg Stumbo. “They recommended we pass it, take another step forward.”

The transportation budget bill passed without changes that would have restored $50 million dollars in projects vetoed by Governor Beshear. The amendments died after the House failed to recognize them as “germane” to the governor’s special session proclamation.

In an animated speech before his chamber, Senate President David Williams, whose district was most affected by the vetoes, pointed his finger at the governor for dragging out the process.

“It was just an act of vindictiveness and defiance,” he said. “Maybe he’s gotten that out of his bloodstream. I hope so.”

But the House majority continued the blame game, putting the responsibility for the special session and legislative delays on Williams.

“Everybody knows whose fault it is. It’s the people’s in charge of the Senate,” said Stumbo.

All told, the session will cost taxpayers more than $300,000 dollars.

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Kentucky’s Special Session Begins

by Kenny Colston April 16, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers have returned to the capitol for a special session, and it’s not clear how long they’ll remain in Frankfort to finish their work. The House gaveled in at noon today and quickly filed two bills. One measure cracks down on prescription pill abuse and another funds the state road plan. Neither measure cleared […]

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Lawmakers Return for Special Session

by Kenny Colston April 16, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers are returning to Frankfort today to begin a special session called by Governor Steve Beshear. Beshear has ordered lawmakers to take up a funding bill for the state’s road plan and one addressing prescription pill abuse. Those were the two major bills that died in the final hours of the 2012 regular session […]

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Williams Says Beshear Needs to ‘Tone Down’ Rhetoric

by Kenny Colston April 13, 2012

Republican Senate President David Williams says Democratic Governor Steve Beshear needs to tone down his rhetoric over the upcoming special session. The two men butted heads yesterday when the Senate didn’t pass two of the session’s critical bills. The Senate adjourned, effectively killing a bill that funded the state’s road plan and one that would […]

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Coal Scholarship, Dropout Bills Won’t Be Added to Special Session Agenda

by Kenny Colston April 13, 2012

An education proposal favored by Kentucky House leadership will not be included in next week’s special session, effectively killing its chances this year. A bill that began as a measure to bring the University of Pikeville into the state system morphed into one that would have created scholarships for college students from coal counties. House […]

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Beshear Continues to Blame Williams Over Deadlock

by Kenny Colston April 13, 2012

A blame game over important legislation leftover in the 2012 General Assembly is turning into a repeat of last year’s gubernatorial election. Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and Republican Senate President David Williams are arguing over who is to blame for state lawmakers adjourning their regular session without passing key bills. A bill to crack down […]

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Stumbo Prefers Special Session for Redistricting

by Gabe Bullard November 15, 2011

The speaker of the Kentucky state House says a special legislative session on redistricting could be in order this year. Speaker Greg Stumbo says he would prefer to redraw the legislative boundaries before next year’s regular session Special sessions cost more than $60,000 per day. And Governor Steve Beshear has previously said he would support […]

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Senate Adjourns Special Session

by Tony McVeigh April 6, 2011

Kentucky’s special session on Medicaid officially ended Wednesday evening. Adjournment came after Senate Republicans approved resolutions symbolically overriding Governor Beshear’s line-item vetoes of the Medicaid bill. Eleven Democrats in the chamber, including Representative Robin Webb of Grayson, refused to support the resolutions. “My outrage is we had to come back for a special session. It […]

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State Senate Reconvenes

by Tony McVeigh April 6, 2011

As expected, the Kentucky Senate reconvened the special session on Medicaid. But not much has happened yet. Senate President David Williams gaveled the session to order, and 27 members recorded their presence. A couple of resolutions were read, and then Senate Republicans went behind closed doors to caucus, where they remain. Democratic Senatir Walter Blevins […]

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Kentucky Senate To Reconvene; House Remains Adjourned

by Tony McVeigh April 6, 2011

Until the Senate officially adjourns, lawmakers are being paid, but Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman says money that has accrued since March 24 is being held in escrow until legal questions about it are cleared up.

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