Snake roads? Kentucky governor’s veto puzzles locals

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s Republican governor apparently prefers rattlesnakes to copperheads.

Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed a bill this week that would have designated portions of some scenic eastern Kentucky roads as the “Copperhead Trail” so local officials could market it to motorcycle riders. Bevin said the bill violated the state Transportation Cabinet’s polices because it did not name the road after a person or a historically significant event.

Local officials in Whitley and McCreary counties were upset, because just last year the governor signed a bill renaming some roads in nearby Laurel County as the “Rattlesnake Trail.” State officials have even promoted it on tourism websites.

Bevin said the rattlesnake bill must have “slipped past me.” He said he has spoken with the bill’s sponsor who has assured him “they can get this done through other ways.”

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