Republicans Fail to Take Control of Ability to Call General Assembly Into Special Session

Republicans were unable to convince Kentuckians to grant conservative super majorities powers currently held by the governor to convene the General Assembly in a special session.

A constitutional amendment that would have allowed the House Speaker and Senate President instead of the Governor to call a special session for up to 12 days for any reason to address issues that require a legislative solution failed at the ballot box on Tuesday.

The lengthy proposal was opposed by Democrats, and a group with close ties to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear cast the amendment as a legislative pay grab.

In Kentucky, only the governor can call the legislature into a special session, and only the governor can set the agenda for the special session. What the boils down to right now is compromise between the Democratic governor and Republican House and Senate to address crisis outside of a normal 30 or 60 day legislative session.