Hundreds of Bills Filed, Very Few Made Law

Governor Steve Beshear had several priorities for the 2008 session.

Casinos, ethics, and a new pension plan were the big three. Casino legislation died for good last week. Ethics and retirement reform are still hanging in the balance.

“I think we've done as well as we can do under the circumstances,” said House Speaker Jody Richards on Monday.

Richards, D-Bowling Green, blames the lack of action of many items on nothing more than money.

“Our funding is down. Our revenues are down. and the needs are up,” said Richards outside the closed door room where the the state budget was being hammered out.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Dan Kelly did not want to talk about the session’s successes and failures Monday.

“I don't want to get into the dialogue about the session right now. I need to get back to work,” said Kelly, R-Springfield, as he walked off and back into the room where the budget conference committee was at work.

Governor Beshear signed bills dealing with veterans, soldier driver licenses, and self-contained storage units. The House passed about 200 bills in their chamber, the Senate okayed less than 100. Two different booster seat bills were passed but there's been no consensus for one law. Romeo's law, which would make it a felony for dog or cat torture, is waiting to be heard in the House. The immigration bill was never voted on in committee.

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