General Assembly 2014: Final day update -- noon edition

04/15/2014 09:57 AM

A day after warning of a possible special session to finish a bill outlining road and bridge projects, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Tuesday morning that the House and Senate have a single road plan leaders think they can agree to.

Stumbo said the list looks like the one that House suggested to the Senate over the weekend.

Stumbo said the House Democratic leaders will have to review the bill and is likely to pass it late today. At noon, House Democratic leaders were on their way to review the most recent version of the proposal.

Sen. Ernie Harris, the Republican who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, met briefly with Stumbo Tuesday morning. He said talks are moving and was also hopeful to get a deal done to avoid a special session.

Other notes from Stumbo’s gaggle with reporters:

- The heroin bill remains up in the air. House Democrats are trying to find a version that a majority can get behind, he said. A major challenge will be whether House Democrats and Senate Republicans can agree on a needle exchange program.

- Financing for Rupp Arena remains in limbo. Stumbo said the House is likely to pass a revamped financing plan if the Senate agrees to it. But that remains the big if. Stumbo said that issue alone is not enough to warrant a special session.


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