Beshear calls lawmakers back for budget, bourbon bills

05/20/2010 05:15 PM

In addition to passing a budget, Gov. Steve Beshear directed state lawmakers to deal with two other issues during a special session next week, one dealing with alcohol sampling licenses and the other addressing legislation on the state’s unemployment insurance.

“The House and Senate appear to be in agreement on these two items, and that agreement was critical to my inclusion of them on the call,” Beshear said in a news release.  “In addition, they will both have a permanent and positive economic impact on our state — a resolution to our unemployment insurance fund situation has been welcomed and encouraged by both our business and employee communities, and the sampling legislation will greatly benefit our tourism industry.”

The alcohol sampling licenses have been a point of debate of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington and some of its major sponsors: bourbon distillers in Kentucky.

The special session will start on Monday. According to state law, it must last at least five days.

—Kenny Colston

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