Kentucky Lawmakers Fail to Pass Highway Appropriations Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky lawmakers have adjourned the 2012 legislative session without passing a measure that would have provided the funding for a $4.5 billion highway appropriations bill.

The Kentucky House and Senate adjourned shortly before midnight Thursday, without taking action on the measure, opening the door for a possible special legislative session to finish the job.

The House gave final passage to the appropriations bill Thursday evening. But without the companion bill from the Senate that would have provided the necessary funding, the state can't make the appropriations.

The appropriations bill included $200 million to widen the heavily traveled Interstate-65, where numerous fatal traffic crashes have occurred in recent years. A crash on the rural stretch of the highway near Munfordville in 2010 killed 11 people.


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