Friday, April 15, 2016

Budget, road construction on tap for legislature's final day

(AP) — The Kentucky legislature has convened for the final day of the 2016 session to consider dozens of important bills before a midnight deadline.

Lawmakers will consider a two-year operating budget, a two-year road construction plan and other bills ranging from campaign finance reform to changing Kentucky driver's licenses so residents can meet federal requirements for boarding domestic flights.

The state budget is likely to consume much of the debate, as House and Senate leaders finally agreed to a compromise just before 3 a.m. Thursday that includes budget cuts for colleges and universities but promises to pay the community college tuition for all Kentucky high school graduates who can meet certain requirements.

Lawmakers must conclude their work by midnight. The state constitution does not allow the legislature to meet past April 15.