5:21 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Comer Says Hemp Bill Will Get Vote Wednesday

It looks like an industrial hemp bill will get a vote in the House Agriculture Committee after all.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says he spoke with the head of the committee Tuesday 
and received an assurance that the measure will be taken up Wednesday.

Chairman Tom McKee effectively blocked the bill from receiving a vote last week after trying to add new language to the measure.

Comer says he likes the bill's chances.

"We’re hopeful that the bill comes out of committee unanimously or near unanimously, and then that will make it very difficult for the Speaker of the House to not let this bill get voted on," Comer said. 

House Speaker Greg Stumbo has voiced his opposition to the measure.

Governor Beshear has not said whether he would sign the bill into law if it gets to his desk. The industrial hemp measure has already passed the Senate.