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Governor Beshear calls a special legislative session to address flooding in eastern Kentucky

Gov. Beshear signs the order calling legislators back to Frankfort for a special session on EKY floods
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Gov. Beshear signs the order calling legislators back to Frankfort for a special session on EKY floods

Nearly a month after devastating floods hit eastern Kentucky, the governor is calling a special session of the state legislature. Lawmakers will be asked to help set up a fund to help flood survivors and the local communities.

Governor Andy Beshear said now is the time to bring legislators back to Frankfort.

“Throughout these weeks they have been productive conversations not bipartisan, nonpartisan, about how we help these communities and ensure our cities and counties don’t go bankrupt and that our utilities don’t have to raise rates on families already hurting just to repair and replace necessary infrastructure,” Beshear said.

The governor said they will have two main areas of focus in the upcoming session.

“This will be to create a “safe” fund similar to the one in western Kentucky that can help our eastern Kentucky communities and also some legislation to help our school systems, especially those having to start a little bit late.”

Lawmakers will also address some issues with schools, especially those starting late due to flooding. The special session is scheduled to begin Wednesday at noon. The governor’s announcement can be found below:

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