Senate leaders ask for special session

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - When midnight came Tuesday, there were several issues in front of the General Assembly that still hadn't been discussed. That leaves open the possibility of a special session to tackle some of those issues.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo spoke to the media Wednesday. He was asked more questions about the things the general assembly didn't get done that the things they did.

At the top of that list was a bill that would hold dealers responsible for heroin overdose deaths. It also would give money to addiction programs.

The funding for Rupp Arena renovations was another big issue that was left unresolved. Republican senators said they didn't have enough time to review the new funding plan that was given to them on Monday.

Senate president Robert Stivers told reporters he would ask the governor for a special session to discuss the heroin bill.

Stumbo said he had done his best to get that bill through the house before time expired, but wouldn't push the governor for a special session. Stumbo also had a bit to say about some upcoming elections, including the possibility of a run for governor.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said he will ask Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to call a special session so lawmakers can strengthen penalties for heroin dealers. A spokeswoman for Beshear said the governor was traveling on Wednesday and that it was too early to decide if a special session was needed. State officials estimate a special session would cost taxpayers about $60,000 per day.

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