Appeals court rules in favor of Bevin administration, allows medical review panels to proceed

The Commonwealth of Kentucky Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled in favor of the Bevin Administration by granting a stay of the Franklin Circuit Court’s Oct. 30, 2017 ruling in the Medical Review Panels case. The Circuit Court’s opinion ruled that the new Medical Review Panel law was unconstitutional. As a result of today’s decision, 89 current cases will proceed, and all prospective malpractice...

Franklin Circuit Court says Bevin can reorganize Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission

Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive order reorganizing the former seven-person Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission, which resulted in a five-member board with all new members, was upheld by the Franklin Circuit Court. Gov. Matt Bevin This decision further supports that the Governor has the legal authority to reorganize executive boards, says the Governor’s office. “Today’s court order...

Kentucky by Heart: Corns, ‘poor boy from Lewis County,’ made historic impact on education system

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Judge Ray Corns, of the Franklin County Circuit Court, handed down one of the most far-reaching judicial decisions ever rendered in the state of Kentucky—precipitating a dramatic change in the state’s education system. It was the passing of the Kentucky Educational Reform Act (KERA) in 1990. The legislative act occurred after the judge’s 1988 decision ruling...

Franklin Circuit Judge Shepherd suspends Bevin’s reorganization of workers comp commission

Staff report Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd has suspended Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive order re-creating the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission. In a 16-page order, Shepherd prohibits Bevin from appointing any workers’ comp judges other than those nominated by the old commission, pending final judgment by the court. He described the Governor’s...

A closer look at the Governor’s reorganization of the Workers Compensation Nominating Commission

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor In keeping with his campaign promises to “change Frankfort,” Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has moved quickly in his first few months in office to restructure several state boards and commissions, among them the Kentucky Racing Commission, the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and the Kentucky Workers Compensation Nominating Commission. He has even put a hold...

Beshear files lawsuit challenging Bevin’s authority to seek immediate higher education cuts

Attorney General Andy Beshear Monday filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Circuit Court challenging the authority by which Gov. Matt Bevin recently ordered 4.5 percent cuts in the current fiscal year to Kentucky’s public colleges and universities. The lawsuit outlines how Bevin’s March 31 letter unilaterally cutting Kentucky’s postsecondary institutions is illegal – violating Kentucky’s constitutional...

Bevin seeks to withdraw legal challenge to suit involving composition of Louisville Board of Trustees

Pleadings were filed Thursday with the Franklin Circuit Court by Gov. Matt Bevin expressing his agreement that the composition of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees is not in compliance with Kentucky law because it lacks the minimum number of racial minority members required by state statutes. “We took a necessary step to resolve the case regarding racial imbalance on the University of...

Kentucky leaders vow to continue fight against unlicensed gambling websites

Fresh off its $6 million settlement with federal agencies in an online gambling lawsuit, Kentucky leaders pledged to continue its legal battle against unlicensed, unregulated gambling websites.   An early version of yesterday’s announcement erroneously stated that Kentucky had settled its lawsuits against PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. The state actually settled with the U.S. government, not...