Special Session began this morning but some legislators were 100 miles away

The governor’s call for a Special Session to address part of the pension crisis was gaveled in at 8 a.m. today but some seats in the two chambers were vacant. That’s because number of legislators weren’t anywhere near Frankfort.

Some legislators will be scattered throughout Northern Kentucky for interim joint committee meetings that were already scheduled. No fewer than six interim joint committees will gather in Erlanger, Covington, Walton and Burlington throughout the day, with meetings scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and the last one scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

The governor’s proclamation calling legislators to Frankfort and convening the “Extraordinary Session” was read and then House Bill 1 was introduced. That’s the governor’s version of a bill to address the pension situation for quasi-governmental agencies and universities and that’ll be about the most exciting thing scheduled for the legislature in its first day.

Saturday is a scheduled work day but Sunday sessions are prohibited by the constitution. The Senate schedule calls for convening at 8 a.m. Saturday while the House gavels in at noon.

It takes a minimum of five days for legislation to get through both chambers and to the governor’s desk for his signature. The 2019 session, long rumored after the governor vetoed a legislative attempt during this year’s 30-day session, is expected to continue over six days, at a cost of about $65,000 per day. Staying on the schedule, the session should end Thursday or Friday of next week.

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