WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon October 4, 2004
Special Session Set To Start Tuesday
Frankfort, KY – State lawmakers are planning to return to Frankfort Tuesday for a special session on the growing health insurance crisis.
Legislative leaders are uncertain exactly how long the special session will last. But they agree the session, which costs taxpayers about $55,000 a day, is likely to drag on for more than a week.
Governor Fletcher had said he intended to call lawmakers back to deal with the state's health care plan for school districts and state employees.
Last month, Fletcher announced an overhaul to the state's health care plan, angering many school district employees and state workers who say their health care costs will increase dramatically next year. In response, state teachers are threatening a strike less than a week before the November elections unless their current benefits are restored.