House and Senate still at odds over bill allowing Rand Paul to appear on ballot twice

03/31/2014 04:28 PM

A bill which would allow Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for re-election and for the White House at the same time is only one step away from the House floor, but the bill’s sponsor state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, says passage is possible — but unlikely.

SB 205 , if passed, would amend current state statute to allow a federal candidate to run for two federal offices at the same time. The bill has passed the full Senate 25-13, but has not been taken up in committee yet by the House.

The legislation was designed by Thayer to allow Paul an opportunity to run for both offices in an effort to allow Kentuckians to vote for Paul twice if he decided to run. Similar legislation exists in other states as Thayer has pointed out several times in committee and on the floor of the Senate.

House leaders have given the legislation two floor readings — which means they could call the legislation at any time for a full vote — if the bill passes committee. “There’s still time,” Thayer said, but added he’s “not optimistic,” about the legislations chances.

When asked why the bill had two readings House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said through a grin that House members were still reading the one paragraph long bill. Watch the exchange below:

Nick Storm

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