House budget plan seeks new roles for Ag Dept.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's Agriculture Department would be assigned new responsibilities under a budget plan pending in the House budget committee.

The budget plan revealed Monday would assign a Diabetes Education Program and an Appalachian Renewable Energy Efficiency Program to the Agriculture Department.

In all, the department would assume about $4 million in new funding responsibilities over two years for those and other initiatives.

The department is run by Republican James Comer, who is seriously considering a run for governor next year.

Comer says it appears the Democratic-run House committee is treating him differently than other state constitutional officers, who are all Democrats. Comer says that's about as predictable as "death and taxes."

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says Comer isn't being singled out and other agencies will be directed to fund certain programs.

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