Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Signs Proclamation Calling General Assembly Back On July 30
FRANKFORT, Ky. –
Governor Ernie Fletcher today signed a proclamation calling the Kentucky General Assembly back into extraordinary session on July 30, 2007.
The Governor announced his intention to make the call Monday evening after the Senate completed their work, passing the session’s five bills. Members of the democrat-controlled House voted to walk out on July 5, the first day of the session.
“We cannot sit idle and allow an opportunity of the Peabody project’s magnitude to pass us by,” said Governor Fletcher. “It is unfathomable that some legislators would walk away from the opportunity to bring $10.8 billion in economic impact and 4,000 jobs to the Commonwealth. I am optimistic that, during this break, members will open their eyes to this opportunity and see that this is not about politics – it is about making a better future for Kentucky.”
The items for discussion during the extraordinary session remain the same as in the original call, with one exception.
The House passed House Resolution 3, the subject matter of which was outside the scope of the initial call, on July 5. Because of this, and the fact that the House is without constitutional authority to amend a statute by simple resolution, the call is being expanded in response to their express desire to forfeit their pay and expenses for the session. This enables them to enact the legislation they have indicated they want.
Governor's Proclamation: 07.11.07 proc.pdf