Paychecks At Center Of Lawmakers' Return To Frankfort

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - It's not even been a month since state Sen. Damon Thayer opened his new consulting company, and already he's looking at his available personal time shrinking because of a special legislative session. Of course, that's part of being a member of the Kentucky General Assembly, he says.

"It is a challenge," Thayer said. "The second week of my company's existence, here I am in Frankfort working on legislation and, yes, I would much rather be out making pitches to prospective clients and doing work of my existing clients, but they understand I have a responsibility to the constituents I serve."

Lawmakers are due back in Kentucky's Capitol on Monday, where they're expected to do little more than make sure they don't get paid for the past three weeks and then go home.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher earlier this month called the General Assembly into a special legislative session to deal with issues from a ban on domestic partner benefits for public university employees to tax incentives aimed at enticing Peabody Energy to build a coal gassification plant in Kentucky.

There was also a proposal to give military families a state income tax break and another to authorize more than $427 million in construction projects.

But the governor's call created high drama at the Capitol, as Democrats cried foul claiming Fletcher, a Republican, was playing politics in hopes of boosting his re-election campaign. While the GOP-led Senate passed legislation addressing each of the issues, the House adjourned and sent its members home just hours into the session.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by SPIKELEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX,KY. on Jul 30, 2007 at 12:57 PM
    THE LAWMAKERS SHOULD BE COMMENDED FOR THIS GESTURE,ESPECIALLY ERNESTO FOR TAKING A STAND ON THIS MATTER.I HOPE SEE THAT THIS IS ANOTHER TURNOVER BY OUR GOVERNOR.HOPE YOU ALL JOIN IN COME NOVEMBER TO PUT HIM ON THE BENCH.BESHEAR IT,FLETCHER NOT IT.SEE THERE BE THERE BESHEAR.LET'S ROLL.
  • by Connie Location: Frankfort on Jul 30, 2007 at 05:59 AM
    I agree with the legistators, they do not need to get paid for this special session. However, if the constitution says they have to get paid, why not donate that pay to those people in their district who could certainly use it. There are children in every district of Kentucky going to bed hungry every night. There are elderly who cannot afford their medications. There are people who work every day who still cannot pay all their bills. Why not help these people with the pay that you should not receive? Governor Fletcher should have never called this session in the first place! So benefits some needy taxpayers with the money that would have gone to you guys, please. It is silly to get paid for not working at the expense of taxpayers who cannot buy food or gas or take care of their families because 33% of their income goes to taxes to pay you guys in the first place.

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