Kentucky Senators scarce on day of UK basketball game

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - March Madness has led to a slow Friday for the state Senate.

Republican Floor Leader Robert Stivers II said it was unusual for the Senate to be delayed because of the lack of a quorum.

Senate President David Williams had acknowledged his absence Friday was because he planned to attend the University of Kentucky's opener in the Southeastern Conference Tournament in New Orleans.

A roll call determined 19 of the state's 38 senators were present, one shy of a quorum, for the Senate's 9 a.m. EST start. That was resolved more than a half hour later when a straggler walked in.

Williams and Gov. Steve Beshear endured criticism for going to the game while Kentucky residents wrestle with the aftermath of killer tornadoes and while the legislature is in session.

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