General Assembly 2014: Final day update -- dinner recess edition
04/15/2014 04:20 PM
The road plan is here. Senators got their copies of the bill will nearly $4 billion in spending for major road and bridge projects.
Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Crestwood and the Senate Transportation chairman, said the House and Senate already started with agreement on $2.7 billion worth of projects. The challenge was squeezing $1.7 billion of requests into a little more than $900 million.
The result is a road plan that is 25 percent “over programmed,” meaning there are more projects than money. But that’s a far cry from the 87 percent over-programmed bill the governor proposed.
In other developments:
- The felon voting rights measure, House Bill 70, is in play again. Senate President Robert Stivers told reporters Tuesday evening that a compromise is in the works for a constitutional amendment to automatically restore the right to vote to ex-felons three years after their sentences end. The Senate passed a measure with a five-year waiting period. The House version had no waiting period.
- The heroin bill will go down to the wire. Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, is still scrambling to find an approach that will gain enough votes in the House.
- The Rupp Arena financing bill remains a major question mark as well. Stivers said senators got more information from Lexington and the university, but he’s not sure whether the Senate Republican caucus will go for it.
Below the Fold
Education, pro-business, public pension and tax reform legislation await lawmakers when they return to Frankfort in February
Stivers says bill concerning board of trustees of all state universities could see action when session resumes in February
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