Host Of Issues Face Returning KY Lawmakers

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Lawmakers may revisit a host of issues when they return to the Capitol tomorrow for the final two days of the session, incudling pension reform, stronger ethics laws, and funding for water projects and roads, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal in its Sunday edition.

And if Gov. Steve Beshear vetoes items in the 2008-10 budget, lawmakers will consider whether to override them.

"There are still a lot of bills on the board that are important to different constituencies, so we've got two long days ahead," said Senate Minority Leader Ed Worley, D-Richmond. "I expect we won't be walking out the door until just after midnight Tuesday."

The General Assembly has convened for 58 days so far during this 60-day session which the state constitution says must end by April 15, reports the newspaper.

Lawmakers recessed April 2 without agreeing on how to begin reducing a $26.6 billion shortfall in state pension funds, or on how to strengthen ethics laws.

"I'm not optimistic at this point whether either of those bills will pass, based on the fact that there've been no discussions since we recessed," said Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, a key Senate negotiator on both bills, the newspaper reports.

Rep. Mike Cherry, a Princeton Democrat who is a chief House negotiator on both issues, told The Louisville Courier-Journaal, "For us to get progress on either bill, we'll need to reach an understanding between leaderships of the two chambers."

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  • by c Location: fkt on Apr 14, 2008 at 04:05 AM
    What items did Beshear veto? I hope he vetoed the lawmakers raises since we are in such a financial mess they don't deserve a 5% raise, they should get the same 1% they are giving teachers & employees! And if we are so short of money, then they don't need to pass anymore pet projects either! They need to tighten their SPENDING just like every other citizen in KY! A golf course in eastern KY is not a necessarity, therefore, scratch it from the budget! The rest of us have to cut things we want for the lack of money, the government is no different! Furthermore, if these bozos have to come back for a special session, they shouldn't get a dime for it, because they didn't do their job in the first place! Who else gets paid for doing a half a** job? NO ONE! So don't pay them to come back!
  • by Me Location: Pike County, Kentucky on Apr 13, 2008 at 09:46 AM
    I sure hope they pass that law because my son is no a threat to society and he did not deserve to pull 24 months in Federal Prison, but they stuck him with it anyway regardless. He did not kill anyone or did he harm anyone in any way. A person that kills or harms someone gets less time these days. So I hope they consider passing that law so he can get out on home incarceration.


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