How are KY lawmakers using special session salary? - WDRB 41 Louisville News

How are KY lawmakers using special session salary?

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By: Katie Delaune -

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB Fox 41) - While the Democratic House says it's done with the special session, the Republican-controlled Senate is waiting until April 6th to override vetoes to the Medicaid bill. So until senators gavel out, the price tag keeps growing on the special session - so far reaching $1.1 million. Some lawmakers say it's a waste because the Senate won't get the override. Rep. Jim Wayne told us Wednesday how he plans to use his special session salary.

Click here to read Wednesday's story about the special session.

"I sign a check back over to the Treasury," said Wayne. "I figure it's the taxpayers' money that is being sent to me." FOX 41 called the other 25 representatives and state senators in Jefferson County to see what they're going to do with their special session salary. We left messages with many of them.

But the members who answered the phone had varying answers. "I would forgo that pay," said Rep. Julie Adams (R) – Jefferson. "Because I think legitimately we could have handled the Medicaid shortfall within the regular session. So I'm probably going to donate my salary probably to a non -profit here in town that I'm very close with," said the District 32 representative.

Democratic Senator Gerald Neal told FOX 41 he plans to keep his entire special session salary.

"Any income that's due to me, I retain," said the District 33 senator. When asked if it was fair, Sen. Neal responded, "Are you saying I have some moral or ethical obligation is that what you're saying? I loose money when I go there. The constitution has set this up so any one that does this work pursuant to the constitution is to be paid according to whatever it is."

Of the five members we talked with, a couple said they're in the dark about how much LRC will pay them. FOX 41 tried again to reach LRC director Bobby Sherman for answers, but his secretary told us he was not in the office.

There are reports that the money is sitting in escrow right now, so no checks have gone out.

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