WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon March 18, 2013
Gov. Beshear Could Take Action on Religious Freedom Bill This Week
Governor Steve Beshear has one week to veto a controversial law protecting religious freedom or else it will become law.
On the federal level, if a bill isn't signed by the President within a certain period of time, it's thrown out in a process called the pocket veto.
But in Kentucky, the process is reversed. The governor has 10 days to sign a bill into law. But if he doesn't sign or veto in that time, it becomes law anyway.
Consider it a pocket law. The legislation in question is the so-called Religious Freedom bill, which allows Kentuckians to bypass laws they saw interfere with their religious beliefs. Opponents say it would overturn Fairness laws in cities across the commonwealth, and have lobbied the governor to act.
But the governor hasn't hinted at what he'll do with the bill.