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Governor says no need for special session on budget matters, due to agreement with legislative leaders

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that he has reached an agreement with legislative leaders to avoid the need for the General Assembly to return in a special session to resolve budget matters. Previously, the Governor had said he had expected to call a “short, targeted” special session to allow lawmakers to pass a reduced budget proposal to account for revenue lost due to the global pandemic...

After three hours of intense debate, Bevin’s pension bill narrowly makes it through house on 52-46 vote

The House approved Gov. Matt Bevin’s pension proposal by a 52-46 vote on Monday. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin’s public pension bill to provide relief to regional universities, health departments and other quasi-governmental agencies made it over a critical hurdle on Monday when lawmakers of the Kentucky House narrowly approved the measure...

House panel chooses Governor Matt Bevin’s pension plan; floor debate set to proceed Monday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Day two of the special session of the Kentucky General Assembly saw Gov. Matt Bevin’s public pension proposal clear a House committee on Saturday, while two bills sponsored by Democrats were defeated. 
The legislation would affect 118 quasi-governmental agencies, including Kentucky’s regional public universities, local health departments, rape crisis centers and mental...

Three measures introduced as Kentucky General Assembly special session convenes in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky General Assembly gaveled in Friday morning on day one of a special session to address changes to the pension plan affecting the state’s regional public universities and quasi-governmental agencies. Three measures were introduced in the House, given their first of the required three readings, and referred to the House State Government Committee that is expected...

Pension legislation the only item on agenda as Bevin makes formal call for special session Thursday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin issued his formal call Thursday afternoon for a special session of the General Assembly starting Friday at 8 a.m., with pension legislation the only item on the agenda. The governor’s proposal would only affect the state’s regional public universities, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and other quasi-governmental agencies such as local...

Bevin to convene Kentucky General Assembly into special session beginning this Friday

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that he will convene the Kentucky General Assembly into special session beginning this Friday (July 19) at 8 a.m. Gov. Matt Bevin Since the conclusion of the 2019 Regular Session, Bevin and his team have worked closely with state legislators preparing for a special session to save Kentucky’s quasi-agencies, including regional universities, health departments, domestic...

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,...

Governor Matt Bevin sends letter to lawmakers seeking support for pension proposal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin sent a letter to state lawmakers Wednesday, seeking support for his pension proposal affecting Kentucky’s regional universities, quasi-governmental agencies and their employees considered during a special session before July 1. 
Members of his administration held briefings on his plan for Republican lawmakers last week and for House Democrats earlier...

As special session looms, Ky. House Democrats are still not sold on Governor’s pension proposal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s still no word on when Gov. Matt Bevin will call a special session of the General Assembly to address a public pension bill because he doesn’t appear to have enough votes to pass his proposal. The governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Bryan Sunderland, Budget Director John Chilton and Kentucky Retirement Systems Executive Director David Eger spent more than two hours...

Governor Matt Bevin says pension bill is ‘getting done’ as special session looms sometime this month

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin says the legislation is ready and that a special session will be called sometime in May to provide relief for regional universities and other quasi-governmental agencies who face a huge jump in pension costs July 1. On Tuesday, Bevin spoke with reporters on the status of proposed legislation. “The bill is written, the bill has been scored. I met with all...

Gov. Bevin, Sen. Stivers at odds over governor’s veto of public pension bill passed on last day

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two of Kentucky’s top Republican leaders, Gov. Matt Bevin and Senate President Robert Stivers, are at loggerheads over the governor’s decision to veto pension reform legislation passed on the final day of the 2019 General Assembly. 
“The rationale behind this decision is perplexing,” Stivers said.  “Just weeks ago, during the 2019 regular session, the governor...

Constance Alexander: Last week’s pension fiasco in Frankfort amounts to a whole lot of ‘fruitcake’

Last Monday night, legislators from all over Kentucky rushed to Frankfort for a last-minute, special session decreed by Governor Matt Bevin. Public pension reform was the focus. A law had been passed earlier in the year, but Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd struck it down in June, based on the flawed manner in which it was enacted. When, on appeal, the state Supreme Court weighed in last week,...

Special session shortlived; House adjourns saying issues too complicated for a five-day session

Staff report While the two public pension bills remained in the House, members of the Senate were not sitting still during the second day of the special session, said Senate President Robert Stivers. But the House discussions went on until about 4 p.m. when acting GOP House Speaker David Osborne said the issues were too complicated to resolve in a five-day session — and the House adjourned. Later...

Gov. Bevin calls special legislative session to address Kentucky’s pension issue

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin has called a special session of the General Assembly beginning Monday night in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court decision that unanimously held the process used to pass Senate Bill 151, the wastewater bill turned into pension reform legislation, unconstitutional. During a Capitol press conference announcing the special session, Bevin said, “Our State...

Special session to deal with state’s underfunded pension system coming in October, speaker says

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Lawmakers will take a long look at the public pension systems in October during a special session, House Speaker Jeff Hoover said Thursday. Hoover addressed reporters prior to the 54th annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast at the Kentucky State Fair. The Public Pension Oversight Board will take recommendations on pension reform prior to a meeting next Tuesday...