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Stumbo blasts Kentucky Senate for remaining in session

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Calling it "a lot of April foolishness," Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo on Friday blasted Kentucky's Senate for staying in session after the House adjourned.  Late Friday, Senate President David Williams proposed ending pay for members of both the House and Senate after March 24th.  Williams also pledged even if he and Stumbo could not come to an agreement, Republican and independent members of the Senate would not accept that pay.

Earlier, Stumbo had pointed out that the Senate's decision had cost the state half a million dollars so far:  "It's now been eight days since the House finished its work and adjourned," he said in a news release.  "At $65,000 a day, that amounts to $520,000 in unnecessary taxpayer expenses."

Stumbo said, "Every special session we have had in recent years ended without a veto recess; this time should have been no different.  I call on the Senate to come back as soon as possible to end this pointless, but costly, exercise."

The General Assembly spent 11 days hammering out a $166-million Medicaid budget. The House and Senate passed the legislation March 24th. The House adjourned and the following day Governor Steve Beshear vetoed all the Republican changes. But the Senate never adjourned, instead planning to come back April 6th.

"Well, it's not over until it's over," said Rep. Jim Wayne (D) - Louisville. "The Senate wanted to reserve the right to override any vetoes."

The plan is for the Senate to come back on April 6th to consider the Governor's vetoes. It could be pointless because the House would have to agree to the overrides and members have no plans to return. 

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