Ky. General Assembly adjourns, approves several controversial bills

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by WHAS11 editors

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Posted on March 27, 2013 at 5:15 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 6:11 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A whirlwind of legislative maneuvering late into the night in Frankfort produced more results in the last few hours than it did for the first 29 days of the 30 day session.

The Kentucky General Assembly's 2013 regular session came to an end overnight and several controversial bills were approved just within the last few hours of the session.

“This is such a complex problem and there's been dozens of times when anybody could have picked up and walked off, but no one did that. Everyone has been committed to working through this and finding an answer because it is such a huge problem that faces the state,” Governor Steve Beshear said.

Since the session's start in early January, lawmakers have also approved measures to allow school districts to raise the high school dropout age, provide better oversight of special taxing districts, stricter human trafficking laws and some new adjustments to the pill mill law by easing some reporting requirements when pain medications are given out for legitimate needs.

Kentucky lawmakers also voted to override the governor’s veto of the Religious Freedom Bill. A bill which states the government cannot burden a person's freedom of religion and that person has the right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief.

The Industrial Hemp Bill and the Military Voting Bill will head to the governor’s desk as well. The military bill allows military voters overseas to receive absentee ballots and voter registration materials electronically.

The legislators approved a Pension Reform Bill with the intent to reduce more than $30 billion in unfunded obligations in the state's public employee pension system.

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