Lawmakers Gearing Up For 2007 Session With Prefiled Bills

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The 2007 General Assembly convenes its regular session next month and, so far, state lawmakers have prefiled 100 bills in preparation. That count can change as lawmakers file more legislation.

Eighteen senators and 42 representatives have either sponsored or signed their names to bills during the interim.

Some of the prefiled legislation would resurrect the gambling issue by proposing an amendment to Kentucky's constitution allowing casinos. Another would require that - unless specifically allowed for in law - any state documents must be published in English. Yet another would create accounts in state coffers for those who don't think they're being taxed enough.

With all that can happen to a bill as it maneuvers the legislative process - ranging from minor tweaks to complete overhauls or being scrapped altogether - being prefiled during the months before the General Assembly meets in Frankfort is not necessarily an indicator of a measure's success.

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