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Lawmakers from the Kentucky House and Senate begin to break down budget differences

State Budget Conferees 03-18-24
State Budget Conferees 03-18-24

22 members of the Kentucky House and Senate got budget negotiations underway Monday in the State Capitol Annex. They are working toward a compromise state budget. On the issues raised for discussion, much of the conversation by GOP leaders centered on agreement. That was evident in a light-hearted motion regarding funding for a state police driving track project.

“Mr. Chairman, I move to concur with the Senate….We have a motion to concur with the Senate and a second….but President Stivers if you wish to rebut, you’re more than welcome,”

 “No, I was just wanting consideration for things and we’ll figure that out in the long run.”

Most of the morning on day one of budget conferee work was spent going through the document, detailing differences between the House and Senate versions.

One item discussed involved funding support for an urban search and rescue program. It was previously authorized as a way to better coordinate efforts during emergencies. House Budget Committee Chair Jason Petrie said now the discussion is about funding support.

“And they have trimmed funds and made sure that they got very detailed estimates. Looks like there is no fluff, no overstatement. They’re trying to get exactly what they need to stand this program up and be functional. So, we’re just looking for funding to get that program going,” said Petrie.

The legislative schedule this week calls for budget conference committee meetings with no floor sessions until Thursday. The Legislature is expected to finish action on most all remaining bills for consideration next week before a ten-day veto period.

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Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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