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Lawmakers Agree To Pay Withholding Plan For Special Session

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers agreed on a plan Tuesday to square up with the state treasury for any money they were overpaid during the July special session.

By law, state legislators are paid for every day the General Assembly is in session, including weekends. The 138 state legislators are currently paid about $300 per day, seven days per week.

Under Tuesday's agreement, lawmakers won't be paid for most of the three weeks in which they were technically in special session but did not work.

However, since lawmakers were already paid for July 5 through July 15, they are considering a separate plan in which future pay would be withheld until their overpayment is paid back, according to the Legislative Research Commission.

The LRC, which is the legislature's administrative arm, estimated the move should save taxpayers about $765,000 right away.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher called the legislature into a special session on July 5 to deal with an energy tax incentive plan, more than $425 million in construction projects and a proposed ban on domestic partner benefits.

None of the matters were resolved before the legislature adjourned on Monday. Lawmakers have said they are devising an energy tax incentive plan over the coming weeks and plan to ask Fletcher to call another special session beginning in mid-August.

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