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GOP Lawmakers Consider Passing Old Pension Bill Again, Despite Bevin’s Wishes

As lawmakers continue to navigate Gov. Matt Bevin’s surprise special legislative session, Republican leaders of the legislature might double-down on the same pension bill that was struck down by the Kentucky Supreme Court last week.

The court didn’t rule that the contents of the legislation were illegal, but rather that lawmakers had violated the state constitution by passing it too quickly and without proper procedures.

Rep. Jerry Miller, a Republican from Louisville, said that Republicans re-elected to the legislature this fall don’t want to distance themselves from the legislation, known as Senate Bill 151.

“There are members of our caucus that defended 151 throughout the campaign and with the exception of those four people I mentioned, they were all re-elected, and they all want to stand on their record as 151 was a good idea,” Miller said.

Miller filed two pension proposals on Monday night and, though he is the official sponsor of the bills, on Tuesday he said both were written by Gov. Matt Bevin’s office.

Those bills both included many elements of the recently-overturned pension law. But they eliminated controversial elements Bevin’s general counsel Steve Pitt said he believed were constitutional but would “likely attract a legal challenge.”…

Kentucky Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Pension Bill

The Kentucky Supreme Court heard arguments over the state’s new pension law on Thursday, months after teachers and other government workers descended on Frankfort to protest changes to retirement benefits.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear and a lawyer representing Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s office argued over whether legislators violated the state constitution by rushing the bill to passage in a matter of hours this spring. Changes to retirement benefits in the pension bill mostly affect future state employees but also tweak benefits for some current workers.

The new law was blocked by a lower court earlier this year, and Bevin appealed the decision.

Steve Pitt, general counsel for the governor’s office, said that lawmakers and citizens had been adequately briefed about the contents of the pension bill because a similar version was discussed earlier in the legislative session.

“We are a representative democracy and while certainly it’s important for the citizens to know, what’s most important in a representative democracy is for legislators to know what the bills are,” Pitt said.

Attorney General Andy Beshear and attorneys from the governor’s office appeared before the Kentucky Supreme Court on Sept. 20, 2018 for arguments in the pension dispute.

Bevin and Republican …