FRANKFORT, KY (4/19/12) - After reviewing nearly 400 pages of road project legislation, Governor Steve Beshear today exercised his line-item veto authority, returning some projects to their original funding sources in order to restore fairness and equity to the Road Plan legislation.
Today’s action on the Road Plan also eliminates the Senate’s single stated reason for not passing the Transportation budget.
Last Thursday, the final day of the regular session, Sen. Williams refused to pass the two-year Transportation budget unless the Governor signed the Road Plan immediately – despite the fact that the bill had been significantly changed and only four hours remained before the session ended. Gov. Beshear would not sign the bill without properly reviewing it; the state Constitution provides up to ten days for the Governor to review and take action on any bill.
“I will not ignore the due diligence I owe our citizens to review legislation, and in this case, I’m particularly glad we combed through the bill,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our review of the Road Plan legislation over the last few days revealed that Sen. Williams took extraordinary steps to enrich his district at the expense of other priority projects in the state.”
Information provided by the office of Gov. Steve Beshear
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