House Speaker files lawsuit against Governor

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(WTVQ/AP) FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo is asking a judge to throw out Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes of the state’s $68 billion operating budget.

Stumbo says Bevin improperly filed the vetoes with the House clerk last month. He said the state constitution requires the governor to deliver legislative vetoes to the Secretary of State’s office when the legislature is not in session.

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If successful, Bevin’s vetoes of portions of the state budget would be overturned. That means high school graduates would have $9.4 million for community college tuition in the fall and more parents could send their children to public preschool programs.

Stumbo also says a bill was signed by the Governor but that it never cleared the House.

Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto released the following statement:

“One month to the day since Attorney General Beshear filed his lawsuit, the Governor’s Office has been served with another petty political lawsuit. While we’re working to fix the financial foundation of the Commonwealth, they are intent on thwarting progress by filing frivolous lawsuits. The Governor’s vetoes are valid and were filed in accordance with the Constitution. This charade is an unfortunate waste of taxpayer dollars.”

Bevin is already facing a lawsuit from Kentucky’s Democratic Attorney General over his decision to cut the budgets of public colleges and universities without the approval of the state legislature. That case is still pending.

Treasurer Allison Ball, also named in Stumbo’s suit, has released a statement, saying, “We are reviewing the lawsuit but there doesn’t seem to be any merit to us being named as a defendant in this case.”