Politics & Government

David Williams proposes slashing six days from legislative session

Senate President David Williams
Senate President David Williams LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

FRANKFORT — In an effort to cut costs, Senate President David Williams is proposing the legislature trim six days from the ongoing legislative session to potentially save the state $384,000.

In a letter to House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, Williams asked that the last day of the legislative session be moved from March 22 to March 16. To do that, the legislature would have to move the last day it can vote on a bill and still override any veto by Gov. Steve Beshear to March 3.

Williams, who is running for the GOP nomination for governor in the May 17 election, said he discussed the issue with the Senate Republican caucus.

"I think you will agree this change provides the time necessary for General Assembly action while saving the taxpayers of the Commonwealth hundreds of thousands of dollars by eliminating six days for which legislators would be compensated," Williams said in his letter to Stumbo.

The legislative session costs roughly $64,000 a day.

Later Tuesday, Stumbo told reporters he would not object to Williams' plan, although he was not certain how it would be implemented.

"I don't have any problems with it," Stumbo said. "I don't think anyone wants to be here any longer than they have to be, anyway."