Crafting a new state budget looms as the overarching issue for
lawmakers when they convene for
their regular session in 2014. Kentucky
The agenda for the session that begins Jan. 7 and stretches until mid-April will include efforts to legalize casinos and reshape
's tax code. Kentucky
Bills to change the state's eminent domain law, curtail heroin addiction and ease financial distress in the eastern
coalfields are expected to surface during the session. Kentucky
Dominating the agenda will be work on a new two-year state budget.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer says continued funding constraints could make this a session of "low expectations."