And then there were two, or now it appears three

The constitution they have to abide by. How they do that is up to them.

We’re talking about the legislative season in the Bluegrass. The constitution gives them the start date and the end date. What they do in between is up to the General Assembly to configure. And they still are when it comes to the 2018 session.

The constitution says the session cannot go past April 15. It also states it must start on the first Tuesday after the first Monday.

This year, April 15 is on a Sunday so the 60-day session was configured to end on Friday, April 13. (Apparently they don’t have that as a superstition.) They also factor in a two-week or so veto session to give the governor time to make up his mind on what to sign, what not to sign and what to veto. And then they come back for two days to see if they need to override vetoes. Or pass other legislation.

On the current calendar schedule, they met yesterday and then reportedly decided to use the three remaining days to get to a 60-day session. An adjusted calendar, already adjusted once this week to take Wednesday, March 28 as an off day, shows the General Assembly will go into session on Monday, April 2. Both chambers will bang the gavel at, or sometime near, 10 a.m. on Monday. Then they apparently will begin the two-week veto session. They would come back April 12 and then end on April 13.

They had one unscheduled day to play with because of snow. The same constitution that sets the start and end date, sets the number of session days as 60 for even-numbered years, 30 days for odd-numbered years.

When it comes to politics and the legislature in Kentucky, seems nothing can be easy.

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