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.


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