August 1, 2014

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Legislators run out of time to vote on hemp bill

By: Scott Wartman

The future of the industrial hemp bill remains uncertain this session after the House Agriculture Committee quickly adjourned Wednesday on the House floor without taking a vote.

Boos erupted in the committee room when a vote on Senate Bill 50 didn’t happen Wednesday morning.

Ag Committee Chairman Rep. Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, recessed the meeting in the morning and called the committee back into order at his desk on the House floor that afternoon to adjourn the meeting.

McKee said he doesn’t know whether the bill will get voted on this session.

“There are a lot of feelings, I think,” McKee said. “It’s best to just back away for the day and look at this sometime in the future.”