From Frankfort

Former Secretary of State believes there's still time for special session on pension reform in 2017

11/14/2017 02:32 PM

ERLANGER – As everyone wonders whether Gov. Matt Bevin will call a special session to address pension reform in the wake of the House sexual harassment scandal, former Republican Kentucky Secretary of State and Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Trey Grayson still believes that there is time for a session to take place before then end of the year. Grayson, now an attorney with Frost Brown Todd LLC, believes that having the special session on pensions is imperative before starting... Read more 

Bevin administration asks for second chance at cost of KTRS plan

11/14/2017 01:43 PM

A day after denying the public access to the cost scoring analysis of the Kentucky Retirement Systems, now the Bevin administration is asking for a mulligan on the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement cost analysis. The Associated Press previously reported the KTRS plan would cost an extra $4.4 billion over the next 20 years. Bevin’s administration now contends that the consulting firm Cavanaugh Macdonald used different assumptions to calculate the cost for the teacher’s retirement plan. On Tuesday, State Budget Director John... Read more 

Bevin administration will not release cost of pension reform bill

11/14/2017 10:27 AM

FRANKFORT — State Budget Director John Chilton says the state will not be releasing the cost of the 505 page pension reform bill as it stands. Members of the Kentucky Retirements Systems were due to hear a report from a consultant on Monday detailing the cost of the reforms to the taxpayers, and how changes would affect pension plans within KRS. “When we release the numbers we want them to be the right numbers,” Chilton told reporters at the meeting... Read more 

Hoover hospitalized days after resignation as House Speaker

11/10/2017 10:02 AM

Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, has been hospitalized with a heart related issue, according to a statement from House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect. “A member of Rep. Jeff Hoover’s family has confirmed that he was admitted to a hospital for testing due to a heart related issue,” Osborne said in a statement sent to media on Friday morning. “At this time, his family requests that their privacy be respected until further information is available.” Hoover resigned as House Speaker on... Read more 

Appeals court allows medical review panels to continue

11/09/2017 05:37 PM

A controversial law allowing medical review panels in Kentucky is being allowed to move forward, despite the law being struck down as unconstitutional last week. The Kentucky Court of Appeals granted a stay of Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruling last week, which called the law unconstitutional and adding it presents “an expensive and unnecessary obstacle” for those seeking relief in medical malpractice lawsuits. Eighty-nine current cases will proceed, and all prospective malpractice cases will be required to proceed through... Read more 

Low pay, high number of caseloads and turnover haunt Kentucky's foster care system

11/09/2017 05:10 PM

FRANKFORT – More than 11,000 children were in the Kentucky out-of-home care system at some time during 2016, a 15.4 percent increase since 2012. Members of the Program Review and Investigations Committee were learning on Thursday some of the problems within the system. The Legislative Research Commission (LRC) presented a report outlining the major problem areas and recommendations related to out-of-home care court proceedings, the accuracy and reporting of child welfare workers’ caseloads, and the hiring and retention of child welfare... Read more 

House Majority Floor Leader Shell says special session on pension reform still likely this year

11/09/2017 03:43 PM

As House Republicans still contend with the fallout of sexual harassment allegations that caused Rep. Jeff Hoover’s resignation as speaker and sparked an investigation into the matter, House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell said Thursday that his caucus is still hoping to get a pension reform bill through the General Assembly. Shell, R-Lancaster, and others in the lower chamber have said they don’t support the legislation as drafted and hope to amend the proposal ahead of a possible special session later... Read more 

Rep. Linder “deeply sorry” as he confirms his role in harassment settlement; Rep. DeCesare says he’s “done nothing to be ashamed of”

11/09/2017 08:40 AM

Two state representatives named as part of a sexual harassment settlement that forced Rep. Jeff Hoover to step down as speaker of the House of Representatives have issued their first public comments on the matter. Rep. Brian Linder, a Dry Ridge Republican and co-chairman of the Public Pension Oversight Board, told the Grant County News Wednesday that he signed the settlement agreement involving allegations of sexual harassment raised by a House GOP staffer following mediation. “My motivation for signing the agreement was... Read more 

House minority leader calls for independent harassment investigation; discusses culture in General Assembly

11/08/2017 04:20 PM

UPDATED FRANKFORT — Democrats in the House of Representatives are calling for an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment that led to a settlement with a high profile member of the House of Representatives, and some reports indicate several other GOP House members. House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, and other Democratic leaders say Republicans in the House should not be in charge of hiring lawyers to investigate their caucus regarding allegations which have already forced Rep. Jeff... Read more 

Adam Edelen's wife files for divorce

11/08/2017 03:30 PM

The wife of Adam Edelen, a former state auditor and co-founder of the New Kentucky Project, has filed for divorce, the second time in about a year that she has sought to dissolve their marriage. Melissa Edelen filed for divorce in Fayette Circuit Court Oct. 2, saying their “marriage is irretrievably broken,” according to court records, which show that they have been separated since Edelen’s divorce filing. Adam Edelen, whose name has been mentioned as a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2019,... Read more 


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