Kentucky Senate President says Special Session now 'virtually impossible'

Special session now 'virtually impossible'

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Governor Matt Bevin has yet to follow through on his promise to call that Special Session before year's end, legislative leaders insist they can complete the job quickly when they return for the regular session in January.

 

Now Kentucky’s Senate President, Republican, Robert Stivers says it’s “virtually impossible” for Governor Matt Bevin to call lawmakers to a Special Session before 2017 comes to a close. Governor Bevin had guaranteed he would call a Special Legislative Session to address the Commonwealth’s pension crisis.

 

While there may be eleven days left in 2017, according to President Stivers, there are only six days left after today in which lawmakers could legally take part in a Special Session. He said the Kentucky Constitution does not allow for lawmakers to gavel in on Sunday's or recognized holidays.
 

We caught up with President Stivers and House Speaker Protem David Osborne following their session on a panel at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Legislative Conference in Lexington.

 

The Oldham County Republican admitted that time is ticking but there's still a chance since the Special Session would last five days and there are still more than five possible days left in 2017.
 

"I think that it is still possible, until it's not possible,” said Speaker Protem Osborne.
 

While the leadership panel suggested that odds are not in favor of lawmakers returning before the regular legislative session begins on January 2, they expressed hope that a solution to the problem may be closer than many suspect.
 

Some at the conference suggested that a pension reform bill could be completed in the first two weeks of the regular session. President Stivers agreed, “I do believe we can. But, again, the process has to work. If the process works I think we can do that and that's writing, rewriting, making technical corrections and making sure what we do has fiscal significance.”
 

“I believe that we are committed to doing it and, as long as the process allows for it, having all of the documentations back, all of the actuarial analysis, I think that we can do that, yes,” answered Speaker Protem Osborne.
 

We reached out to Governor Bevin's office for comment but have yet to hear back. We may learn more Thursday when he conducts his year-end news conference.

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