Time Is Ticking Away On 2008 General Assembly Session

It’s down to the final hours of this general assembly session, but despite hundreds of bills filed the governor has only signed a few into law.

Governor Steve Beshear took office in December in hopes of bringing casinos to Kentucky. That legislation failed.

There's been no cigarette tax as many health advocates had hoped.

Legislation to change dog or cat torture to a felony has not been heard in the house.

Out of 1,000 bills filed only three have been signed into law by the Governor.

Some think the session has been productive.

Many bills require more funding and some lawmakers say the dollars are just not there.

Governor Beshear also had priorities of ethics and pension reform.

Both are being debated in conference committees.

The House did pass bills dealing with new energy construction standards, the HPV vaccine in schools, and a bill to crack down on copper thefts.

The senate approved changes to student assessment and new certification for some teachers.

Both passed a bill requiring child booster seats but the problem has been that very little has passed both chambers to be sent to the Governor.

The budget is the only bill required by law to be passed by the end of the session.

Lawmakers will meet Tuesday and then adjourn for 10 days while the Governor reviews legislation.

The general assembly reconvenes April 14th and 15th when lawmakers have traditionally considered vetoes.

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