House Lawmakers Refuse To Return To Special Session

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - House lawmakers won't return to Frankfort for a special session they say was called by Governor Ernie Fletcher in hopes it would help his chances of being re-elected in November.

House Speaker Jody Richards says there's no reason for the session.

Fletcher and leading Democratic lawmakers took part in a 45-minute conference call this morning, but were unable to resolve an impasse that developed last week.

House lawmakers say Fletcher's decision to call them back to Frankfort was unnecessary and too costly to be justified. They adjourned without taking any action shortly after the session began.

The governor had urged lawmakers to pass an energy bill, which had passed the House earlier this year but died in the Senate.

The bill would provide financial incentives to companies that build plants to convert coal to alternatives forms of fuel.

Peabody Energy Corp. has expressed an interested in building a three billion dollar plant to convert coal to synthetic natural

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