Both chambers agree on state's two-year budget

05/28/2010 08:23 PM

Senate President David WIlliams

The House approved the latest version of the state’s $17.1 billion budget bill shortly after 8 p.m. by an 86-7 vote to the sound of applause.

An hour later, the Senate concurred by a 35-0 vote with the House’s version, which left out one measure the Senate had tacked onto it earlier in the day.

The budget bill must be signed by the leader of both chambers later Friday night and then will be on its way to Gov. Steve Beshear’s office.

There was no debate on the floor of either chamber about this final version, but several House lawmakers publicly praise the work of the General Assembly to address dilapidated schools.

“I too stand to applaud the wonderful news that we’re sending out to the commonwealth,” said Rep. Jill York, a Grayson Republican, noting that it contained a solution to help crumbling school buildings.

The seven votes against the legislation — three more than the ones who voted against the budget bill the first time it went through the House this week on Wednesday.

Those included Reps. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge; Linda Belcher, D-Shepherdsville; Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville; Tom Riner, D-Louisville; Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, Jim Stewart, R-Flat Lick; and Fred Nesler, D-Mayfield.

The House then approved a technical change to the budget that was inserted into the shell of a bill that used to be the Senate’s version of the ill-fated bourbon tasting bill.

- Ryan Alessi


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