Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bills Bottleneck in State Legislature’s Final Week

More than 250 bills are in limbo as the Kentucky state legislature enters the final week of the legislative session.

Twenty-two of the 824 bills filed this year have passed both the House and the Senate. Of those, eight have become law.

After Monday, state lawmakers will have eight legislative days to pass a $20 billion biennial budget, a $4.5 billion two-year road spending plan and a bill setting state revenues for the next two years that includes a gas tax increase in the House version.

Also pending are bills that would restore voting rights to some convicted felons, increase the penalties of high volume heroin dealers and stop lawmakers from boosting their pension benefits by taking a high-paying state job toward the end of their careers.