Gov: Kentucky legislators have to come back in on Monday
Frankfort, Kentucky: Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D) is calling a special legislative session after the Kentucky Legislature failed to settled road funding. The special session starts Monday, April 16.
During its last session, which started in January and ended on Thursday, April 12, the Legislature was productive, passing a $19 billion budget and addressing issues from Amish buggy rules to drug-abuse crackdowns. But a $4 billion transportation bill failed to make it through the Kentucky State Senate.
Governor Beshear said he was "disgusted and angry" with the legislators, who debated will into the last night of their session. He blamed state Senate President David Williams -- who challenged Beshear in the 2011 gubernatorial race -- for the holdup, saying that in the election, voters "rejected [Williams'] obstructionist policies, they rejected his rank partisanship and I whooped him by 21 points." Williams retorted that the governor had held up the funding legislation by not signing the construction plan in a timely fashion. He added that Beshear's references to the election showed that "he is a small, petty and vindictive individual."
For the special session, Beshear has tasked the Legislature with passing a road funding bill and a bill seeking to deter doctors from over-prescribing pain medications.
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