General Assembly ends in gridlock, Governor to call Special Session

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear will call a special legislative session to begin Monday to allow lawmakers consider a transportation budget that would provide funding needed for a $4.5 billion highway construction plan.

Kentucky lawmakers adjourned this year's legislative session Thursday night without approving funding for the construction plan.

Beshear, a Democrat, blamed Republican Senate President David Williams for thwarting passage of the appropriations bill. Williams has insisted that Beshear should sign the construction plan into law before the Senate would pass the funding measure.

The governor said he didn't have time to fully review the construction plan before the session ended. It had received final passage late Thursday evening.

Beshear said he also plans to ask lawmakers to pass a bill in the special session aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse.

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