Special Session estimated to cost taxpayers $66,433 a day

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WTVQ) – Gov. Matt Bevin has formally set the agenda for a special legislative session that begins Friday. The lone issue in his formal call on Thursday is pension relief for regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies strapped by surging retirement costs.

The governor has spent weeks building support for a proposal to cushion the regional universities and quasi-public agencies from sharply higher pension payments that started this month. Those agencies include county health departments and rape crisis centers.

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Bevin’s team has expressed confidence he has secured enough votes to pass his proposal.

Regardless of what happens during the special session, it’s going to cost taxpayers money.  The Legislative Research Commission (LRC) tells ABC 36 News in Lexington, that the daily cost of the session to taxpayers is an estimated $66,433.

Lawmakers say they hope to wrap up the session in five working days.  If that happens, the cost of the session to taxpayers would be $332,165, according to the LRC.

The Republican-led legislature is set to convene at 8 a.m. Friday.

The governor has the sole authority to call and set the agenda for a special legislative session.