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Kentucky bill tightening public benefits rules wins passage

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Posted at 8:18 PM, Mar 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-30 22:35:31-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation to tighten rules for public assistance has won final passage in the Kentucky legislature.

The bill revamping Kentucky’s public benefits system cleared the House and Senate Wednesday.

Opponents say changes to the bill eased some of the restrictions. The votes came as lawmakers rushed to finish work on priority bills before an extended break.

By passing the public benefits bill before the “veto period” break begins, supporters retained their override power if Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear vetoes the measure.

The Republican-led legislature will return to the statehouse in mid-April to finish its work for the 60-day session.