Plan to shorten Ky. legislative sessions advances

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Associated Press

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 4:01 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A proposal to reduce the number of days Kentucky lawmakers are in session each year has cleared a Senate panel with bipartisan support.

Senate President Robert Stivers pitched his bill to the Senate State and Local Government Committee, which approved it on an 11-0 vote Wednesday.

Under his plan, lawmakers would be in session up to 60 days every two years. Now, they meet 90 days over two years.

Stivers says the change would save the state up to $7 million a year and would encourage more people to serve in the Legislature.

The proposed constitutional amendment would go on the November ballot if it clears the General Assembly.

Stivers says the bill will come up for a full Senate vote in coming days.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 195.

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