Bill seeking to bypass Frankfort judges stalls in committee

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky House committee has skipped over a bill to allow big legal cases to be redirected away from a circuit judge in Frankfort.

Senate President Robert Stivers told reporters Tuesday that his proposal is on "life support" with a handful of days left in the legislative session.

The House Judiciary Committee didn't take up the bill Tuesday.

The bill reflects concerns from some lawmakers that circuit judges in Franklin Circuit Court wield too much power in deciding cases of statewide consequence.

Several rulings from that circuit have gone against Gov. Matt Bevin and the GOP-led legislature, including last year's decision by Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd that struck down a public pension law. The state Supreme Court upheld his ruling.

The bill's critics include Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr.