Professionals Upset Over Legislature's Fee Grab

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State regulatory officials say they're
upset over the Kentucky General Assembly's plan to take millions
that professionals pay in licensing fees and use it for other
government expenses.

Doctors, nurses and dentists pay the fees for their licenses,
and the move affects about 35 regulatory boards and commissions.

"It's pretty serious," said Charlotte Beason, the Kentucky
Nursing Board's executive director."

Her agency would lose $2 million over the next two fiscal years.
"We're going to have to make some serious cost-cutting

House Appropriations and Revenue chairman Harry Moberly didn't
immediately return a call for comment Monday.

Kentucky lawmakers approved a two-year $19 billion state
spending plan last week. The proposal is pending before Gov. Steve

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