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Bevin’s legal team files briefs on pension reform bill ahead of September Supreme Court hearing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin’s legal team filed briefs Monday ahead of the Kentucky Supreme Court hearing next month on their appeal of a Franklin Circuit Court ruling that declared the public pension reform bill passed by the 2018 General Assembly unconstitutional and began their paperwork with a quote from a character from the old Popeye cartoons. “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday...

Supreme Court this week: To hear pension bill in Sept.; reverses L’ville election; hears right to work

Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court acted quickly Friday to accept the direct appeal of a Franklin Circuit Court ruling on the public pension reform bill passed by the 2018 General Assembly and scheduled the case to be heard in September. 
Earlier in the day, Gov. Matt Bevin’s general counsel filed a notice of appeal of a ruling by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd that declared the...

Kentucky Supreme Court probes state’s medical review panels, legislation on malpractice lawsuits

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on legislation passed by the 2017 General Assembly that established rules on how to file malpractice lawsuits. Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, who himself is a physician, required any lawsuit against doctors, other healthcare providers, hospitals and nursing homes would have to be reviewed...

State association urges nonprofits to get up to speed on new law requiring charities to charge sales tax

Kentucky Nonprofit Network (KNN), the Commonwealth’s association of nonprofits, is providing resources and hosting a webinar on June 28 to help nonprofits learn how to comply with a new Kentucky law. Effective July 1 the law will require organizations to collect sales tax from supporters of special events and some programs. At the same time, KNN will be pursuing a legislative solution with the General...

Bill Straub: Kentucky is the Jack Benny of the states; tries to run the government on the cheap

Kentucky is forever trying to get by on the cheap, making it the Jack Benny of the 50 states. You can bet that the only time the state will spend money to provide the sort of services necessary for the 21st Century is when it’s absolutely forced into a corner. Even then, like Benny when a robber threatened him with “Your money or your life,’’ it will offer a long, pregnant pause before responding,...

Bevin submits amicus brief to Kentucky Supreme Court supporting business ordered to print t-shirts

Governor Matt Bevin has submitted an amicus brief to the Kentucky Supreme Court in the landmark case of Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission vs. Hands-On Originals. Governor Matt Bevin Gov. Bevin’s amicus brief supports Hands-On Originals, a small t-shirt printing business in Lexington. In 2014, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission determined that Hands-On...

Grimes reports record number of women to run for Kentucky’s General Assembly in May primary

The window for candidates who must run in a Primary Election to file candidacy paperwork with the Office of Secretary of State and county clerks officially closed Tuesday. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes accepted paperwork from numerous candidates until just seconds before the deadline Tuesday. More than 550 candidates filed with the Secretary of State for various offices on the May 22,...

Secretary of State launches new online candidate filing portal for 2018 election cycle

The candidate filing period for the 2018 election cycle has opened and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging potential candidates to use a new online filing portal on the Secretary of State’s website. “The 2018 election cycle is what’s known in Kentucky as a county election year, so it will feature thousands of candidates,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s...

Chief Justice Minton provides update of state’s courts during 2017 State of Judiciary Address

Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. gave the legislature an update today on how the Judicial Branch is handling the complex issues facing the court system. “As we meet today, the challenges before us are many,” he said. “We’re grappling to keep up with rapid technological and social developments. The opioid epidemic has expanded court caseloads and altered Drug Court treatment in ways...

Kentucky Supreme Court dismisses Beshear’s lawsuit challenging Bevin’s action on U of L board

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit claiming Republican Gov. Matt Bevin acted inappropriately by abolishing and replacing the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear had filed suit against Bevin, claiming the governor had acted illegally in revamping the board. Gov. Matt Bevin Justices dismissed the case on Thursday...

Disagreement over reorganization of UofL board of trustees moves to Kentucky Supreme Court

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A political fight between Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear over a reorganization of the University of Louisville board of trustees spilled into the Kentucky Supreme Court on Friday. Justices heard oral arguments Friday morning in a lawsuit questioning Bevin’s power to disband members of the board and to appoint new ones. Beshear...

Mark Wohlander: Whistleblowers play key role in rooting out government waste, fraud, abuse

By Mark Wohlander Special to KyForward One could only hope Chief Justice John D. Minton was sincere when he said “transparency and accountability are bedrock principles in maintaining trust in state government.” More than 30 years after the Kentucky legislature enacted the state’s open records laws, the Kentucky Supreme Court has finally acknowledged that it is not above the law. The policy overturns...

Kentucky Supreme Court adopts first formal open records policy, expands electronic access

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has approved an open records policy that guides how the public accesses the administrative records of the state court system. The seven Supreme Court justices voted unanimously to adopt the policy, which will take effect Aug. 15. This is the first open records policy for the Administrative Office of the Courts, the operations arm of the court system. The policy is in...

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...

Lisabeth T. Hughes named deputy chief justice of Supreme Court of Kentucky

Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. has named Justice Lisabeth T. Hughes as deputy chief justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky. Hughes has served as a justice since 2007 and as a judge for 20 years. The deputy chief justice fills in when the chief justice recuses in a case or an administrative matter. “Justice Hughes and I have served on the Supreme Court together for 10 years and...

Minton tells committee judicial redistricting will ensure more appropriate allocation of resources

Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. said Wednesday that the “singular goal of redistricting is to ensure that Kentucky’s judicial resources are allocated appropriately.” His full remarks can be found here.   In testimony before the Interim Joint Committee on State Government at the Capitol Annex, Minton gave an overview of the process and methodology being used to create what is the...

Kentucky Supreme Court invalidates minimum wage measures passed by Lexington, Louisville

The Kentucky Supreme Court Thursday voted to invalidate Louisville’s higher minimum wage ordinance, which means a similar measure adopted by the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government last November was also struck down. Lexington’s measure would have raised the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over three years. The first increase, which took effect in July, increased hourly wages to $8.20,...

Wingate issues order directing Bevin administration to release $18 million in restored education cuts

A Franklin Circuit Judge has ordered the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin to release nearly $18 million that has been set aside in an escrow account while legal questions about Bevin’s authority to cut current year higher education budgets were answered. The state’s public universities and colleges are set to recover the money following a recent Kentucky Supreme Court ruling Gov. Matt...

Judge Minton says expungement requests have doubled over the past year as result of new law

Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said Friday that Kentuckians benefit when the three branches of state government work together. His comment was part of the annual State of the Judiciary address before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort. The full address can be found here. “Leading our state court system is an incredible honor and one...

Kentucky Supreme Court rules Bevin exceeded his authority by ordering current-year education cuts

The Kentucky Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling Thursday and said Gov. Matt Bevin exceeded his authority by cutting current-year state university budgets by 2 percent. In a 5-2 ruling, the state’s highest court said the governor’s executive order “effectively intercepted the funds before they became available to the universities.” Gov. Matt Bevin The decision effectively...