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From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

The Kentucky House late Tuesday approved a supplemental spending bill that directs almost five million dollars to the Department of Public Advocacy, which is rapidly running out of money.

A floor amendment offered by Shelbyville Rep. Brad Montell gives prosecutors the same amount.

“The commonwealth’s attorneys budget consists of about 90-percent personnel. And the county attorneys budgets consist of just over 99-percent personnel. Now, when you think about cutting those budgets, there simply is no way to cut without affecting personnel,” Montell said.

The House, after lengthy debate, approved the supplemental spending bill 77-18. The measure now moves to the Senate.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."