FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - House lawmakers returned nearly $105,000 to the state treasurer on Friday, refusing to be paid for a special legislative session in early July that they didn't take part in.
"This gives Kentucky taxpayers the clear assurance that they
weren't left footing the bill for the unnecessary special
session," House Speaker Jody Richards said in a statement. "We
remain committed to the simple principle of no pay for no work."
The money reimburses the state for expenses and legislative
salary paid to the representatives for the week of July 5-10.
House lawmakers were paid, despite their objections, because a
section of the state constitution required it.
"While it is legal for us to keep this money, House Republicans
feel it is neither proper nor fiscally responsible to do so," said
GOP floor leader Jeff Hoover.
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