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House committee OKs transportation budget

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A $4.5 billion transportation budget will
advance to the House floor for a vote on Wednesday.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee approved the
measure Tuesday, the second day of a special legislative session
called to get the measure passed.

Gov. Steve Beshear called lawmakers back to Frankfort to pass
legislation to appropriate money for road construction projects and
to curb overdose deaths from widespread prescription drug abuse in
the state. The House Judiciary Committee will tackle the
prescription bill later Tuesday.

The special session will cost $60,000 a day. Logistically,
Kentucky lawmakers need a minimum of five days to get legislation
through both the House and Senate. If lawmakers can wrap up their
work by the end of this week, the cost of the session would be some
$300,000.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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