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Bills to help health departments with pensions pass House; some will require public-health tax hikes

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Two bills that were presented as part of a “three-phase approach” to create a sustainable solution to local health departments’ pension crisis passed the state House Feb. 13. The third part of the plan involves the state budget. The budget committee chair, Republican Rep. Steven Rudy of Paducah, cautioned House members that passage of the bills...

Governor signs pension bill into law following final approval in senate, bringing end to special session

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Senate gave final approval for a pension bill providing relief to the regional public universities and other quasi-governmental agencies on Wednesday, followed quickly by Gov. Matt Bevin signing the measure into law, and bringing an end to the special session after five days. Following two hours of floor debate, the measure passed the Senate 27-11, with two Republicans,...

Governor’s pension bill moves closer to passage after clearing senate panel, setting stage for final vote

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin’s public pension bill to address the state’s public regional universities and other quasi-governmental agencies took another step forward on Tuesday as it cleared a Senate committee, setting the stage for a final vote in the Senate on Wednesday 
Among those testifying before the Senate State and Local Government Committee was former State Sen. Robert...

KY House democrats offer plans to help health departments, quasis with pension costs

House Democratic leaders and two state legislators who serve as the caucus’ representatives on the General Assembly’s Public Pension Oversight Board unveiled legislation this week that would provide permanent relief to quasi-governmental agencies facing steep spikes in their public-pension costs. “We have worked weeks on these proposals, trying to find a way that helps rather than hurts our...

Gov. Matt Bevin says he has votes to pass pension legislation, trying to find best time for special session

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin says he has the votes to pass a pension reform plan for Kentucky’s regional universities and other quasi-governmental agencies, but the summer vacation season has kept him from calling a special session. During a Wednesday appearance on WKCT Radio in Bowling Green, the governor said, “It is the responsibility of legislators, even part-time legislators,...

Despite governor’s changes to the legislation, lawmakers still lack votes for pension reform

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It appears lawmakers still lack the number of votes needed to pass a bill to reform the pension system affecting the regional public universities and 118 quasi-governmental agencies. Gov. Matt Bevin, who has made four changes to his original proposal, has said he wants to call a special session to enact that legislation by July 1, the start of the state’s new fiscal year. Senate...

More contention arises over public pension bill; are there sufficient votes for the measure to pass?

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another point of contention has arisen between Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly during talks over a public pension bill for the regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies. 
The question: How many votes are needed for passage? 
Under the state Constitution, during budget years, it only takes a simple majority to approve appropriations bills,...