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Kentucky Senate approves bill shortening legislative sessions

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FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky's Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to shorten the legislative session by one-third, as lawmakers said they could do the same amount of work in less time.

Senate Bill 195, sponsored by Republican Senate President Robert Stivers, would reduce the session's length from 90 days over two years to 60.

The plan could save up to $7 million a year and allow lawmakers to return to their jobs back home, Stivers said.

"How many of your employers would hire you, knowing that you need to take off four months every year?" Stivers said on the Senate floor. "It's difficult."

Under the bill, lawmakers would be in Frankfort for 45 days in even-numbered years and five days in odd-numbered years.

They could call themselves into a 10-day special session once over the two-year period. Currently, only Kentucky's governor can call special sessions.

The bill passed 34-3. It now moves to the House.

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