Senate OKs Bill To Eliminate Gubernatorial Runoff

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The state Senate took one last shot late
Wednesday night at eliminating runoff elections in Kentucky
gubernatorial races.

Now senators will have to wait to see if the House follows
along.

In a last-ditch effort to repeal the runoff, a Senate committee
inserted into another bill the language to get rid of the extra
election. Hours later, the full Senate passed the revised bill,
sending it to the House.

The bill arrived too late for House members to consider it
before lawmakers adjourned for nearly two weeks to give Gov. Steve
Beshear time to review stacks of bills they passed in a late rush
of action. Lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene for a wrapup
session starting April 14, and the runoff bill could come up then.

House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, said House
members will need time to review the Senate-passed version.

In the past, he said, there "seemed to be a mood to repeal the
runoff" among House Democrats. "I don't know that there's been
any change," he said. "We'll have to renew that discussion when
we get back on the 14th."


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