Senate President Sues Governor Over Road Projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Senate President David Williams has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Steve Beshear claiming his veto of $3.8 billion worth of road projects was improper.

Williams claims in the lawsuit filed Friday that the veto was issued too late to be effective. Williams also is asking a judge to rule on whether Beshear has authority to spend state road money not specifically appropriated by lawmakers.

Beshear vetoed a two-year transportation spending bill last month. He said the legislation would have hampered his administration's ability to adequately manage road projects in the state.

Beshear said his administration would follow an alternate transportation spending plan that would be compiled within the coming months.

Beshear spokeswoman Vicki Glass didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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