Wed June 24, 2009
Kentucky General Assembly Wraps Up
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – The special session of the Kentucky General Assembly is over. The session ended with House and Senate approval of a budget reduction plan, a funding mechanism for major bridge projects and the governor's economic incentives package. Despite the earlier, contentious battle over expanded gambling, that saw the House approve slots and a Senate committee reject them, House Speaker Greg Stumbo says relations between House and Senate leaders remain positive.
"We moved through three major, major pieces of legislation that had, in one form or another, had some problems up here before and we accomplished that in one evening. So, we couldn't have done that if we didn't have a pretty good working relationship."
The slots issue dominated the eight-day session, which costs taxpayers around 60-thousand dollars a day. Lawmakers don't meet again until January, unless Governor Beshear calls another special session.