Budget to overshadow 2014 legislative session

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Crafting a new state budget looms as the overarching issue for Kentucky lawmakers when they convene for their regular session in 2014.

The agenda for the session that begins Jan. 7 and stretches until mid-April will include efforts to legalize casinos and reshape Kentucky's tax code.

Bills to change the state's eminent domain law, curtail heroin addiction and ease financial distress in the eastern Kentucky coalfields are expected to surface during the session.

Dominating the agenda will be work on a new two-year state budget.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer says continued funding constraints could make this a session of "low expectations."

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