Lawmakers return to Frankfort for another round

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers have kicked off a special
legislation session to pass a transportation budget and a
prescription drug abuse bill.

The House gaveled in shortly after noon EDT on Monday. The
Senate was expected to follow at 4 p.m.

Gov. Steve Beshear ordered lawmakers back to the Capitol for the
special session. He was angry that lawmakers ended their 2012
session late Thursday night without passing the two key bills that
would appropriate money for road construction projects and attempt
to curb overdose deaths from widespread prescription drug abuse in
the state.

The session is expected to cost more than $60,000 a day. Beshear
said he hopes lawmakers can wrap up their work by Friday. That
would put the cost at more than $300,000.

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

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