Kentucky House, Senate approve their own top priorities

Published: Mar. 24, 2014 at 4:09 AM EDT
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FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky's House and Senate on Thursday approved their top priorities for the legislative session, with the House passing a minimum wage increase and the Senate asking voters to curb the governor's powers.

The House voted 54-44 after about two and a half hours of debate. Four Republicans joined with majority Democrats in approving a measure to increase Kentucky's minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016.

Senators approved Republican leaders' bill by a vote of 24-14. It would allow the legislature to reverse Gov. Steve Beshear's administrative regulations — if voters first approve a constitutional amendment giving them that power.

The measures now go to the other chamber, where their passage is less likely. House Speaker Greg Stumbo suggested that he was open to what senators were trying to do, but said it should be done differently.

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