The history of special sessions in Kentucky (from 1940-present)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - On Wednesday, 57 of Kentucky's 120 county clerks asked Gov. Steve Beshear to call a special legislative session to address same-sex marriage licenses.

Beshear's spokesman released a statement on Tuesday that said, in part, there's "no need to spend $60,000 a day of taxpayers' dollars calling a special session of the General Assembly."

WKYT asked state officials for more information about Kentucky's history of special sessions.The Legislative Research Commission says there have been 50 special sessions called in Kentucky since 1940. Nine special sessions have been called in the last 10 years. The LRC estimates a special session would cost taxpayers $63,000 per day.


Here's a list of special legislative sessions held by the General Assembly (from 1940-present)

1940 - PRESENT

1942, March 5 - April 8 (25 days)
Legislative reapportionment.

1944, May 19 - June 12 (16 days)
Biennial appropriation

1944, June 12 - June 16 (5 days)
Biennial appropriaiton. Some doubt arose as to the validity of the appropriation measure enacted in the first extraordinary session.

1945, April 23 - May 11 (14 days)
1. Public assistance appropriation
2. Enabling act for contracts by minors
3. Enabling act for the Greater Cincinnati Airport, Boone County

1949, March 1 - March 30 (18 days)
1. Property tax assessments
2. Mental health appropriation
3. Policy on state lands and buildings
4. RECC bond amortization period

1951, March 5 - March 14 (7 days)
1. Teachers' salaries
2. Public assistance appropriation
3. Department of Welfare appropriation
4. Social security for public employees

1956, February 27 - March 8 (10 days)
State and local government reorganization

1956, March 9 - March 28 (17 days)
1. Motor vehicle weight limits
2. Road fund taxes
3. Motor transportation laws
4. Highway bond issue act
5. Secondary and rural road construction
6. Control of Johnson grass on highways

1956, March 29 - April 6 (8 days)
Biennial appropriation

1956, April 6 - April 27 (19 days)
1. Revenue and taxation legislation
2. Unemployment compensation
3. Municipal annexation procedures
4. Escheats
5. Appropriation for administration of revenue laws

1959, December 22 - December 30 (6 days)
Limited constituional revision, called so that the 1958 General Assembly could enact such a measure prior to the convening and similar action of the 1960 General Assembly, as required by the Constitution.

1960, September 19 - September 23 (5 days)
Veterans' bonus for nonresidents

1963, January 28 - February 28 (25 days)
Legislative reapportionment

1963, June 17 - July 2 (14 days)
1. Appalachian hospitals
2. Federal constitutional poll tax amendment

1963, November 18 - December 5 (16 days)
1. Judges' election and compensation
2. Motor vehicle inspection

1965, August 23 - September 17 (17 days)
1. Property tax rates
2. Local school tax effort
3. Federal constitutional amendment on Presidential succession
4. Constitutional revision legislation

1971, February 25 - March 12 (14 days)
Legislative reapportionment

1972, June 8 - June 15 (7 days)
1. Licensing and insurance requirements for state chartered savings and loan associations
2. Environmental protection
3. Congressional reapportionment
4. Legislative reapportionment
5. Elections (residency requirements)
6. Occupational health and safety
7. Equal Rights Amendment

1976, December 1 - December 18 (16 days)
1. New court system
2. Surface minimg
3. Capitol punishment
4. Jefferson County Sewers
5. Workmen's compensation
6. Taxes (various)
7. Other issues

1978, December 13 (1 day)
Utility rate structure; utility consumer intervenor; removal of sales tax from residential utility bills; property tax limitaiton; income tax, standard deduction increment; couts, various issues; welfare fraud; 1978 appropriations act; other issues

1979, January 8 - February 10 (28 days)
Same as 1978 extraordinary session, plus other issues

1983, January 7 (1 day)
Flat rate tax on individual income; increase the standard deduction on personal income; state-federal tax uniformity

1985, July 8 - July 19 (10 days)
Educational issues

1987, October 14 - October 22 (7 days)
Worker's Compensation

1988, November 28 - December 14 (13 days)
Lottery

1989, January 6 (1 day)
Confirmation of Lottery Commission

1991, January 14 - February 22 (29 days)
Environmental issues & DUI

1991, December 12 - December 18 (5 days)
Redistricting

1993, February 1 - February 16 (11 days)
Governmental Ethics Task Force

1993, May 10 - May 27 (14 days)
Health Care

1993, August 6 (1 day)
Confirmation of appointments

1994, June 6 - June 22 (13 days)
Budget

1994, September 26 (1 day)
Confirmation of appointments

1995, January 6 (1 day)
Confirmation of appointments

1995, January 17 - January 27 (9 days)
Taxes and Bond Development for Capital Projects

1995, July 31 - August 4 (5 days)
Enactment of Budget Reserve Trust Fund, Redistricting, Appropriation
of additional funds for the Rural Secondary Highway program

1996, December 2 - 12 (9 days)
Worker's Compensation issues

1997, May 12-May 30 (14 days)
Higher Education

1997, September 30 - October 15 (11 days)
Health Insurance (SB 1 failed to receive approval in both chambers)

2002, April 22 – May 1 (9 days)
Budget (Budget bills failed to receive approval in both chambers)

2004, October 5 - October 19 (11 days)
Health Insurance for State Employees and Teachers

2006, June 22 - June 28 (5 days)
Taxation for small businesses and tax ememptions for coal-based near zero emission power plants

2007, July 5 – July 30 (House 2 days/Seante 4 days)
Requirements and incentives under the Incentives for Energy Independence Act
Appropriations for additional budget items
Taxation of military pay
Substance abuse recovery program
Public employee insurance plans

2007, August 20 - August 24 (5 days)
Create economic development and educational incentives to encourage
an increase in production and use of alternative fuels and renewable
energy resources

2008, June 23 – 27 (5 days)
Pension reform

2009, June 15 – 24 (8 days)
Gambling issues
Budget issues

2010, May 24 – May 29 (6 days; including a Saturday session for both chambers)
Budget issues
Unemployment benefits
KY convention and tourism
Road plan

2011, March 14 – April 6 (18 days, including 8 days did not meet in Chambers)
Adjustments to the appropriations for Medicaid Benefits and
Postsecondary Education Institutions
Increase the school drop-out age

2012, April 16 – April 20 (5 days)
Provide financing and conditions for the operations, maintenance,
Support, and functions of the Transportation Cabinet
Enhance and expand tools and resources critical to KY’s
continuing efforts to address the scourge of prescription drug
abuse that plagues our citizens.

2013, August 19 – 23 (5 days)
Redistricting



 
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