Ky. Senate passes bills in flurry of action

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Senate Republicans have passed bills dealing with abortion, medical malpractice and the prevailing wage in a flurry of action that drew objections from Democrats.

The measures could face long odds in the Democratic-led House.

Senate Democrats accused the chamber’s Republicans of hastily ramming through the bills on Thursday.

One measure clearing the chamber would exempt school construction projects from the state’s prevailing wage law. Supporters said the bill would ease construction costs for school districts. Opponents said it would lead to pay cuts for some construction workers.

Another bill that passed would set up a panel of medical experts to review proposed medical malpractice claims against health care providers.

The abortion-related bill would require doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and describe what the procedure shows to pregnant women.

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