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Senate to vote Friday on special session issues

A Senate panel won’t vote on the prescription drug abuse bill until Friday morning because the Senate floor leader says there’s new questions on the House version.

“If you look at some of the provisions…there were new provisions. That were included beyond what were included in the regular session,” said Sen. Robert Stivers,R-Manchester, who would not elaborate on what the “provisions” were.

Yet a Senate budget committee did advance the bill funding billions of dollars of road projects across Kentucky…but not before adding an amendment to put items the Governor line item vetoed, back in.

“I can’t challenge whether he can veto or not. He’s done that. But I can challenge whether it is right,” said Senate Budget Committee chairman Bob Leeper, in explaining the amendent Thursday afternoon.

Senate President David Williams says the projects the Governor vetoed were in his district.

“If he wants to be harm people in my district because he doesn’t like me, that’s OK. But it’s not becoming of a Governor to conduct himself in the way he has,” said Williams, R-Burkesville.

Leeper maintans the amendment won’t slow down the proces and the session should still end Friday with a road fund bill. But others are questioning their behavior.

“People tell me it looks like children…up here..making very important decisions,” said Sen. Gerald Neal,D-Louisiville.

Both chambers are supposed to meet at 10 Friday morning with the Senate judiciary committee taking up prescription drug abuse, the pill mill bill at 11 a.m.

Govenor Beshear defended the line item votoes, claiming they deleted some last minute projects Williams pushed in the last minute to benefit his district.

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