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Tue February 24, 2009
KY Legislators Do Some Backtracking On First Day Back
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – The House passed seven bills, including one originally passed by the 2008 General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Beshear. House budget chairman Rick Rand says the legality of the bill, which addresses community college appropriations, has been called into question. "It was one of the bills that hit the governor's desk after midnight. And as with all of those bills, we are repealing and re-enacting those. It reauthorizes some KCTS capital projects."
A Frankfort judge says legislative leaders ran afoul of the state constitution when they stopped the clock on the last night of the 2008 session and kept working past midnight. The ruling came in a challenge to the state road plan, which also passed after midnight. A revised road plan is being developed in the current session.