Richards Says He wants To Reduce Last-Minute Bill Passing

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - House Speaker Jody Richards says he wants to stop last-minute bill passing in the General Assembly.

Kentucky lawmakers adjourned the 2008 General Assembly session Wednesday morning, about an hour after their constitutional deadline. A clock hanging on the rear wall of the Kentucky House read 11:54 p.m. for more than an hour.

Still, time ran out before lawmakers passed a number of bills including a plan to overhaul the state's pension system. Richards says lawmakers did not have enough time to review the plan before taking a vote.

In the future, Richards says, measures will have to be dealt with earlier or not at all.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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