House Democrats Question Fletcher's Special Session Plans

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - House Speaker Jody Richards is concerned about the cost of calling lawmakers into special session and says his chamber has the option of convening and dismissing on the same day.

That's a move that could save taxpayers at least 300-thousand dollars.

Richards and other Democratic lawmakers have been sparring with Governor Fletcher and other Republican leaders over the need for a special session. Some Democrats even questioned today whether politics was the prime motivator for Fletcher, who is in the middle of a governor's race.

Fletcher has said he intends to call the special session next week to approve tax incentives for coal-conversion plants looking to build in Kentucky. Richards says the matter isn't urgent and should be put off until lawmakers meet in regular session next January.

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