Fletcher to Call Special Session

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

Governor Ernie Fletcher hasn't called an official session, but lawmakers are prepared to head back to Frankfort.

Governor Fletcher announced the date, but the call hasn't been made.

House Speaker Jody Richards said a special session would be a waste of tax payers' money.

Governor Fletcher's main focus for calling the session is to bring more energy projects to the state.

There are four companies considering Kentucky as a site for building alternative fuel facilities.

Governor Fletcher said the General Assembly needs to make a move now to make those projects financially feasible rather than wait until January 2008.

Speaker Richards said Fletcher hasn't provided enough details to justify calling a session which costs taxpayers $60 a day.

"You and I pay for that. I'm not in favor of having special sessions unless there is a real emergency. They're called extraordinary sessions the reason should be extraordinary," Richards said.

Governor Fletcher also mentioned funding university construction projects if the special session happens on July 5, 2007.

Although Governor Fletcher didn't get specific, offering health insurance to domestic partners through public universities has been a big issue this year, and funding to match a federal grant for runway improvements at the Bluegrass Airport, may be on the agenda.

The Bluegrass Airport was the site of the 2006 Comair crash that killed 49 people.

To see the letter Governor Fletcher sent to legislators click here.

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