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Ky. Senate president to ask Beshear to call special session

by WHAS11


Posted on April 16, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 16 at 4:42 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The 2014 General Assembly is over in Frankfort but Senate President Robert Stivers said he will ask Governor Steve Beshear to call a special session.

Not over the budget, which was passed, but so lawmakers can strengthen penalties for heroin dealers.

The legislative session ended at midnight without passing a heroin bill that had the support of both parties.

The Senate passed a bill in January that would make high volume heroin dealers serve longer sentences and require the state to pay for substance abuse treatment and education programs.

The house never voted on the bill.

The governor's office said it's too early to decide if a special session is needed in a statement released on Wednesday.

“After the end of a long general session, there are always some worthy bills that don’t make it through the legislative process.  My first priority is to review the 19 bills that we received this week, including the road plan and transportation budget, and take appropriate action on those.  It’s too early to determine if a special session on any topic is prudent or needed.”

A special session costs taxpayers about $60,000 per day.