House lawmakers end special legislative session

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by Roger Alford an Associated Press writer

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 24, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 25 at 7:00 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- House lawmakers have adjourned a special legislative session, heading back home after nearly two weeks in Frankfort working on a Medicaid budget fix.
  
The move brought the session to an abrupt end even though the Senate is scheduled to return on April 6.
 
 The House voted Thursday to approve a Senate proposal to shore up Medicaid. It came only after receiving assurance from Gov. Steve Beshear that he would use his veto power to remove objectionable provisions.
 
 The proposal includes cuts to most government agencies -- a move the Democratic-controlled House has vehemently opposed.
  
House Speaker Greg Stumbo sought and received assurance from Beshear that he would veto the spending cuts, particularly those proposed for public schools. After receiving that pledge, House lawmakers voted 86-2 to pass it.
  
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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