Kentucky state legislature convenes as parties fight for power

The Kentucky state legislature has gaveled in to begin work on a two-year state spending plan under a new Republican governor.
    
The state House and Senate both convened about noon Tuesday. It will likely be a light day for lawmakers as they introduce bills.
    
But behind the scenes Republicans and Democrats are grappling for control of the House of Representatives. Democrats have a four-seat majority, but Republicans could force a tie if they sweep four special elections scheduled for March 8.
    
Meanwhile, new Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is entering his first legislative session. He is scheduled to deliver a major speech to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on Thursday followed by a budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly on Jan. 26.

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