Local/Regional News
1:07 am
Thu February 12, 2009

Tax Bill Survives Narrow Committee Vote-Now On To Full Senate

Frankfort, KY – After hearing Governor Beshear plea for the bill's passage, and the alcoholic beverage industry urge its defeat, the budget committee decided to send the revenue measure to the Senate floor. But it was close. With the vote tied 8-8, which would have killed the bill, Republican Senator Elizabeth Tori asked for recognition. "In view of the fact that this bill needs to reach the floor of the Senate for a full debate, I desire to change my vote to an Aye for that purpose."

Democratic Senator David Boswell, who voted against the measure, says he would consider changing his vote on the floor if the bill is amended to include a sunset clause on the alcohol tax. The bill needs 23 votes to pass the 38-member Senate. Republicans control the Senate 21-16, with one independent.