Lawmakers may get more than $600,000 for recess

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers will likely get paid
more than $600,000 for the past two weeks, even though they weren't
in Frankfort.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in a letter Tuesday that the
state Constitution requires lawmakers to be paid while they're in
session, even though an odd twist left the legislature in limbo two
weeks ago.

In Kentucky, both the House and Senate would have had to agree
to end the special legislative session held in March. But when the
House adjourned, the Senate declared a recess, triggering the
controversy over the pay issue.

The Senate reconvenes on Wednesday. The House will not.

Senate President David Williams wants the Legislative Research
Commission to withhold pay to lawmakers. Stumbo wants an attorney general's opinion on whether that's possible constitutionally.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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