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.”…