State Lawmakers Will Be Paid for Special Session

A decision is in on whether Kentucky lawmakers will get their special session paychecks.

The head of the Legislative Research Commission said lawmakers will be paid for the entirety of the special session of the General Assembly.

Robert Sherman writes in a letter to House Speaker Jody Richards, he has no option other than to issue the checks.

The General Assembly was called back to the Capitol on July 5, 2007, by Governor Ernie Fletcher, but Richards and other House Democratic leaders voted to adjourn the session just after it began, saying it was unnecessary.

House leaders requested not to be paid the daily salary, which is $226, plus an additional $109 for expenses. Both House Democrats and House Republicans intend to send any checks they receive back to the state.

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