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Senate OKs proposal to cut sessions

Associated Press

FRANKFORT - Kentucky lawmakers would spend less time in session under a proposal that passed the Senate with bipartisan support on Wednesday.

The proposed change to the state constitution aims to cut the amount of time lawmakers are in session by a third over each two-year period.

Senate President Robert Stivers said his proposal would save money and encourage more people to run for legislative seats.

Lawmakers now meet for 90 days every two years, which takes them away from jobs and their families for months at a time, he said.

"There are people in this chamber, as we stand here and sit here today, that have thought about leaving or are leaving because we are no longer a citizen legislature," said Stivers, R-Manchester.

The measure cleared the Republican-led Senate on a 34-3 vote and now goes to the Democratic-run House. The proposed revisions to the legislative calendar would go on the November ballot for Kentucky voters to decide if it clears the General Assembly.

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