Court: KY Can Be Sued Over Retirement Changes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that the state can be sued over changes made to Kentucky's retirement system in 2008.

The Kentucky Retirement Systems and six professional associations sued the state in Franklin Circuit Court over a 2008 law that sought to stop people from retiring, then quickly returning to employment by the state.

The law automatically suspended retirement benefits once the person returned to a state job for the duration of the employment.

Justice Mary Noble concluded Thursday that the state isn't immune from lawsuits when the "constitutional appropriateness" of an action comes into question.

The plaintiffs sought to continue retirement benefits after the person was reemployed.

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