Return to Frankfort: Legislative sequel features stale plot but a bit of suspense

04/17/2012 07:47 AM

The game of legislative chicken between the governor and leader of the state Senate that led to a special legislative session has continued into the first days of the special legislative session.

Gov. Steve Beshear’s transportation cabinet issued a press release Monday saying the selection of contractors for the proposed downtown bridge in Louisville was delayed because the transportation funding bill was stalled in the Senate.

Senate President David Williams wants Beshear to sign into law a list of road projects before the chamber approves the funding bill. Williams’ office responded to the cabinet’s press release: “Our answer is, Governor, sign the road plan that was passed by both the House and the Senate in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote and stop playing politics with the bridges.”

Kentuckians have seen this movie before: disagreement between a governor and one of the legislative leaders of the opposite parties results in unfinished business and the need to return to Frankfort.

Even more uncertain is the fate of the other bill on the special session agenda: one aimed at cracking down on prescription pill abuse.

The House on Monday reintroduced the original version from the regular session.

Williams said Senators are looking at that and will study it in preparation for receiving it on Wednesday.

This production budget for this sequel costs more than $60,000 a day.


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