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Judge orders state to keep Anthem in Medicaid, cites role of former Beshear aide in bidding process

A Frankfort judge ordered the state Friday to keep Anthem Inc. as one of its managers of Medicaid, an $8 billion program that pays for health care for one of every three Kentuckians. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s order “comes just days before the state is set to begin enrolling people in Medicaid health plans for 2021 on Nov. 2, and as the state is facing record enrollment of...

Beshear releases 2017 proposed pension reform analysis; report compares 2013 bipartisan reforms

After years of waiting, the people of Kentucky now know the proposed 2017 pension reforms would have left the Commonwealth worse off, Gov. Andy Beshear said when releasing the documents long-withheld by the former administration. The analysis commissioned by the former administration shows the proposed 2017 reforms costing the state retirement systems more and negatively affecting the retirements of...

Franklin County Court Judge Phillip Shepherd rules Kentucky’s death penalty protocol unconstitutional

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A Franklin County judge has ruled the state’s protocol for carrying out the death penalty is unconstitutional. The ruling by Judge Phillip Shepherd came in response to a case filed by a group of death-row inmates, who argued corrections department regulations don’t protect people with intellectual disabilities. Kentucky spends about $10 million annually...

State Senator Dorsey Ridley calls judges ruling on public Pension bill the right decision for Kentucky

State Senator Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, called last week’s ruling by the Franklin County Circuit Court striking down Senate Bill 151, the public pension bill, the right decision. The bill was found to be “unconstitutional and void.” Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled that SB 151 violates the Kentucky Constitution because it did not receive three readings on three...

Judge declares Kentucky’s pension overhaul unconstitutional, citing process used to enact law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has declared a new Kentucky law overhauling the state’s government pension system unconstitutional. Teachers protest the pension overhaul at the Capitol in April. A Franklin Circuit judge has ruled the law unconstitutional. (Photo from Kentucky Today) In a ruling Wednesday, Shepherd took issue with the process lawmakers used...

Kentucky Supreme Court to hear arguments over Bevin’s power to abolish UofL board of trustees

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. — The political tug of war between Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear will make its way into the Kentucky Supreme Court in August. Justices are scheduled to hear oral arguments on Aug. 18 in a case in which Beshear is challenging Bevin’s power to abolish the University of Louisville board of trustees and appoint new...

Franklin Circuit judge blocks apppointments to new U of L board; Bevin’s office indicates he’ll appeal

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd entered an injunction Friday afternoon temporarily blocking Gov. Matt Bevin’s plans to appoint a new board at the University of Louisville. On June 17, Bevin abolished the University of Louisville board of trustees and created a new board with a “smaller, more efficient membership,” according to the governor’s office. Shepherd ruled...

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...