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2012 General Assembly
Thu April 19, 2012
Williams Says Governor's Actions Will Not Extend Special Session
Kentucky Senate President David Williams says Governor Steve Beshear’s latest action on the state road plan will not lead to an extended special session.
Governor Steve Beshear has changed the two-year road plan to give projects in Williams’s district a lower priority. Those were the only modifications the governor made.
Williams had promised not to consider a bill to fund the road plan until Beshear acted on the unfunded measure. Despite his displeasure with Beshear’s move, Williams says the Senate will approve a funding bill and should adjourn the special session within five days.
“It’s an extremely partisan and vindictive move by the governor. I’ve learned to expect that of him and it challenges my capacity to be able to forgive. And I do forgive the governor for what’s he’s done to the people of my district and hope they can forgive him,” Williams says.
Williams believes the vetoes are unconstitutional, but he doesn’t expect to challenge the governor on the issue. The governor and House leaders have contended that the vetoes are legal.