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Fate of General Assembly Bills Uncertain

The clock is ticking for lawmakers to get their work done.

37 of the session's 60 days are over. The state's $18.5 billion spending plan is still uncertain, but House Democrats say they have a plan to make up for a nearly $400 million dollar shortfall.

“We’ve talked about possibly refinancing the debt,” says House Speaker Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green.

And there's renewed talk on at least a 25 cent hike in the cigarette tax.

“I think the governor needs to come out and say he will support us on this,” says Richards.

“I'm looking forward to hearing the details on the House plan and we'll go from there,” said Gov. Beshear, D-Kentucky.

One of 900 bills has been signed into law. That deals with giving veterans more time to renew their drivers' licenses after active duty. The governor's priority is casino gambling but lawmakers say they don't have enough votes to get it passed in the House.

“Well ,both the House leadership and I spent the weekend on it and we'll spend the first day or two of this week and see where we are,” said Gov. Beshear.

A cigarette tax hike..or any tax increase could be a hard sell in the Senate.

“I understand there is a revenue shortfall. But we're going to have to do what families do in times of shortfall..prioritize and tighten our belts,” said Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown.


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