Kentucky Treasurer Position Could Be Abolished

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The office of Kentucky's state treasurer could be abolished this year if a Republican-backed measure from the state Senate gains traction in the House.

The bill would put a question before Kentucky voters, asking whether they think Kentucky's oldest constitutional office should be abolished.

Though it has appeared in the state legislature in years before, this year the bill is sponsored by Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Republican from Taylor Mill, who says he can save the state $1.4 million by abolishing the office.

Democratic leadership is split on the issue. Governor Steve Beshear has the power to veto the bill if it passes both chambers, and says he doesn't think the question will make it to the ballot.