Session adjourns without a budget

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky General Assembly wrapped up
its 2010 session Thursday without a budget, but with several new
laws under its belt.
Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, unceremoniously
adjourned the Senate shortly before 6 p.m. EDT. House Speaker Greg
Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, adjourned the House at about 7:35 p.m.
Most of the senators had left the Capitol before Williams ended
the session.
Though a budget impasse overshadowed their work in the final two
weeks, lawmakers passed dozens of bills during the 60-day session
that began in January.
One of the most high-profile bills that cleared the legislature
could require people who violate domestic violence orders to wear
ankle monitors. Other bills that passed included legislation
setting fines for drivers caught texting while driving; a bill that
would make it a felony for a prison guard to have consensual sex
with an inmate; one to protect neglected and abandoned horses; and
one to make it easier for community college students to transfer
course credits to four-year public universities.
Because House and Senate budget negotiators were unable to come
to an agreement on a two-year spending plan, there remains the
possibility of a special session to deal solely with that issue.
Associated Press writers Bruce Schreiner and Roger Alford in
Frankfort, Ky., and Janet Cappiello Blake in Louisville, Ky.,
contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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