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Legislature Can't Agree On Withholding Special Session Pay

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The head of the Legislative Research
Commission said Monday that lawmakers will be paid for the entirety
of the special session of the General Assembly.
Robert Sherman said in a letter to House Speaker Jody Richards,
D-Bowling Green, that he has no option other than to issue checks
for lawmakers, who were called back to the capitol on July 5 by
Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
Richards and other House Democratic leaders voted to adjourn the
session just after it began, saying it was unnecessary. House
leaders requested not to be paid the daily salary, ranging between
$180 and $226 plus an additional $109 for a day for expenses.
Jennifer Brislin, a spokewoman for Richards, said House
Democrats intend to send any checks they receive back to the state.
Fletcher invoked his constitutional authority and ordered both
chambers to take a three-week break and return on July 30.
The LRC - a joint-panel of the House and Senate - split down
party lines Friday over separate plans aimed at withholding
lawmakers' pay.


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