Last Day For Kentucky General Assembly

Time is running out for lawmakers in Frankfort. It's day 60 of 60 for this Kentucky General Assembly. Tuesday is the last day to pass through potential new laws.

There's some concern today among some lawmakers about Governor Beshear's plan to veto 10 items from the proposed state budget.

House Speaker Jody Richards says he and Senate leadership do not know whether they will be able to come up with enough votes to overrides the vetoes.

Hundreds of other bills are still up for consideration. So far, the Governor has signed just over a hundred.

This has not been a productive General Assembly for the Governor.

He's had several main priorities of casino gambling, ethics and pension reform and, most recently, a cigarette tax hike.
None of those have passed, with gambling and the tax hike already dead.

Romeo's law, providing a felony offense for dog and cat torture, is still waiting for a House vote. Richards says he supports the issue, but other house leaders do not.

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  • by Phelps Location: Versailles on Apr 15, 2008 at 02:54 PM
    It is a sad state of affairs in Frankfort these days. Our elected officials have really failed to produce any laws of substance in this session. The General Assembly had sixty days in which to do the peoples work and they waited until the last minute to try to do something. They really made it a point to publicize their work on passing the budget in a late night run but would it not have been more productive to debate and pass the budget in a regular session? Why can’t they get it done? Frankfort has become bogged down in partisan politics and has become an inefficient body. I hope the people remember this during the next election but public memory being what it is, I would not count it. The people of the Commonwealth deserve better!
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Apr 15, 2008 at 02:32 PM
    Thank God it's over...nothing of substance passed this year, just more of the same out of Frankfort. They passed more bills in the last day than they did in any week during the session. Why don't we shorten the session to a week long and save millions of dollars? I renew my call to VOTE OUT EVERY LEGISLATOR this fall and next fall and let's get some people in there who have some work ethic and will get the people's work done instead of letting it all sit there and not get passed.
  • by steve on Apr 15, 2008 at 01:51 PM
    Good when all these clowns are closed that means the ky people are saving money.


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