Lawmakers Still Have Bulk Of Work Unfinished

WHAT'S DONE: Just two proposals have cleared both chambers of the General Assembly. One, a resolution, would rename a segment of Interstate 65 in Louisville after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The other, a bill, would raise the speed limit on rural interstate highways and parkways from 65 to 70 mph. The Senate must consider a change made in the House before the bill goes to Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

WHAT'S LEFT: Legislators have numerous unresolved issues before them. They include: a possible overhaul of the state retirement system; raising the state's minimum wage; deleting a possible runoff election after the May 22 primary; limiting Internet pharmacies; mandatory 30-minutes of daily exercise in schools; funding at the Kentucky Horse Park in preparation for the 2010 World Equestrian Games; money to hire additional social workers and open visitation centers across the state; a proposed constitutional amendment to limit the governor's pardoning powers; a proposed constitutional amendment to automatically restore felons' voting rights; making cigarette manufacturers to only sell "fire-safe" cigarettes in Kentucky; and requiring sex offenders to register
their electronic identities with the state.

TICKING CLOCK: Lawmakers have met on 22 days during the 2007 General Assembly. By law, the legislature may only meet for a 30-day session this year. The legislature is scheduled to adjourn on March 27 and has eight days available during that time. Though the schedule could change, lawmakers plan to meet Monday through Friday and on March 12. Two days, March 26-27 have been reserved to deal with any possible vetoes from the governor.

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