Pension bill ruled unconstitutional
A court has ruled Senate Bill 151 which deals with Kentucky pensions void in its entirety.
The court found the bill was found unconstitutional and void because the General Assembly violated the Kentucky Constitution.
The decision is a win for Kentucky State Attorney General Andy Beshear, who stated on Twitter the retirements will be restored to 200,000 teachers, police officers, firefighters and other public servants.
Governor Matt Bevin's Office issued a statement on behalf of his Administration, "Today’s ruling from Judge Shepherd was expected in light of his inherent conflict in deciding the validity of SB 151, and an appeal from our legal team is imminent. Judge Shepherd refused to consider whether or not the bill violates the inviolable contract when issuing his ruling, and he invalidated the bill based, in part, on a procedural argument not even raised by AG Beshear. The consequences of this ruling are tremendous for Kentucky because hundreds, if not thousands, of bills, have previously been passed by the General Assembly using the exact same process as Senate Bill 151. If all of these bills are now invalidated based on Judge Shepherd’s ruling, our legal system will descend into chaos. For example, cities and counties will go bankrupt without pension phase-in funding, and programs to combat the drug epidemic will be negatively impacted."
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