Lawmakers sprint to finish line of 2015 session

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State lawmakers vowed to finish the 2015 legislative session on Tuesday, starting the clock on a midnight deadline for a slew of bills affecting pensions for public school teachers, treatment for heroin addicts and protective orders for victims of abusive dating relationships.

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo indicated lawmakers were close to an agreement that would use taxpayer money to provide heroin addicts with clean needles along with a doorway to treatment programs to combat the state’s rising number of heroin overdose deaths. The bill has become the focal point of the session and the governor’s race.

But other bills that would bail out the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System and give victims of abusive dating relationships access to emergency protective orders remained in flux as lawmakers from both parties bartered behind closed doors.


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