Kentucky Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo is asking a judge to throw out Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's vetoes of the state's $68 billion operating budget.
Stumbo alleges Bevin improperly filed the vetoes with the House clerk last month. He said the state constitution requires the governor to deliver legislative vetoes to the Secretary of State's office when the legislature is not in session.
If successful, Bevin's vetoes of portions of the state budget would be overturned. That means high school graduates would have $9.4 million for community college tuition in the fall and more parents could send their children to public preschool programs.
Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto did not immediately respond to a request for comment. She has previously said Bevin's vetoes are valid.
Story Update 3:35 pm 5/11/16
FRANKFORT, KY (May 11, 2016) - The following is a statement from Communications Director Jessica Ditto:
"One month to the day since Attorney General Beshear filed his lawsuit, the Governor’s Office has been served with another petty political lawsuit. While we're working to fix the financial foundation of the Commonwealth, they are intent on thwarting progress by filing frivolous lawsuits. The Governor’s vetoes are valid and were filed in accordance with the Constitution. This charade is an unfortunate waste of taxpayer dollars.”