Stumbo predicts busy two weeks as session winds down, doesn't expect extra storm funding

03/16/2012 04:39 PM

The last 11 working days of the General Assembly will bring a flurry of activity, House Speaker Greg Stumbo promised on Friday after the House the last of the “budget hurdles” — which was the road plan.

Stumbo said while the House hasn’t looked as busy as in past years, many of the less controversial bills have been rolled into consent orders to save time. But Stumbo said he expects the House to focus on Senate bills next week.

Monday marks the 50th day of the 60-day session. The current calendar calls for two weeks of work, then a break for the governor to consider any vetoes until April 11 and a final day of work on April 12. The session must adjourn by April 15.

Stumbo said the General Assembly doesn’t expect to appropriate extra money
cleanup and recovery in areas by the March 3 tornadoes.

Stumbo said money to pay the state’s costs of dealing with natural disasters, including the Kentucky National Guard members deployed, comes out of the “necessary government expenses” fund the governor has access to.

But he said Rep. John Will Stacy, D-West Liberty, was working on a bill that would give a sales tax break to people who were affected by the storms who are buying building supplies.


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