Bevin Appeals Pension Ruling

Gov. Matt Bevin filed an appeal Friday asking the Kentucky Supreme Court to review a lower court’s ruling that struck down Kentucky’s new public pension law.

Bevin’s attorney, Steve Pitt, said in a news release that the Republican governor wants to bypass the Kentucky Court of Appeals and send the case directly to the state’s highest court.

Pitt added: “Our pension system is already dangerously close to collapsing. Without the reforms in Senate Bill 151, the system will continue to decline and remain the worst funded in the nation. These are weighty issues that will impact every Kentuckian. They must be decided by our state’s highest court and not based on the highly suspect ruling of a single judge.”

Shepherd ruled that the Republican-led General Assembly violated the Kentucky Constitution when it passed a surprise pension bill only six hours after introducing the legislation. The move angered teachers across the state.

Pitt said it is “imperative” that the Supreme Court “resolve the legislative process issues on which the circuit court based its decision, so that the General Assembly has every tool at its disposal to advance important legislative priorities.”

Republicans have noted that several other key laws were passed using the same expedited procedures that Shepherd ruled unconstitutional, raising questions about their validity if challenged in court.

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