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Little Movement Going into Last Day of General Assembly

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The clock is ticking on several pieces of legislation as state lawmakers convene for the last time Tuesday.

Legislators went home Monday night with a handful of major bills in limbo.

Bills tackling the state's heroin problem, the teacher pension system and domestic violence are lacking compromise.

Three weeks ago, the House unanimously passed a bill that would allow victims of dating violence to file a protective order against an abusive partner. The bill has the support of Gov. Steve Beshear and hasn’t had any vocal opposition. But is has languished in the Senate.

Senate President Robert Stivers, a Manchester Republican, hinted that the bill is held up for reasons besides having enough votes.

“It’s just the fact that we’re dealing with everything else that needs to be communicated between this chamber and that chamber," Stivers said.

An agreement on a heroin bill looked likely last week, but fell apart over the weekend. Lawmakers including Stivers were tight-lipped about the reason behind it.

“We thought we had an agreement when we left here Friday and we were informed the next day that there was not an agreement,” Stivers said.

The General Assembly will convene today for the last time this year, barring a special session.

Ryland Barton is the Managing Editor for Collaboratives for Kentucky Public Radio, a group of public radio stations including WKMS, WFPL in Louisville, WEKU in Richmond and WKYU in Bowling Green. A native of Lexington, Ryland most recently served as the Capitol Reporter for Kentucky Public Radio. He has covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin.
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