Analysis: Dec. 18 most likely week for pension special session

12/04/2017 01:20 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, has been adamant there will be a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly this year, but only one week seems to be the likely culprit for the call — the week of Dec. 18.

Clearly the special session is not this week, and no word has yet emerged that the Republican members of the House of Representatives are on-board, with a “watered down” pension reform package meant to deal with more than $30 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.

Members of the Senate Republican caucus are reportedly on the same page and ready to deal with pension reforms, before the General Assembly reconvenes on Jan. 2, 2018 for the 60-day budget session.

There are several factors that come into play in deciding the week.

First of which is the days the General Assembly can work; the legislature cannot meet on Sunday’s or on during a state holiday, according to the state Constitution. That would leave the week of Dec. 11 and the week of Dec. 18 as the most likely for lawmakers to be called back to Frankfort.

However, we can now rule out the week of Dec. 11.

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, is the chair-elect of the Council of State Governments. The council meets in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec. 14 – 16, and Stivers would need to be present at that convention — making him unavailable to lead the Senate GOP supermajority the week of the 11th.

That makes the week of Dec. 18 the likely only time the General Assembly could be called back into a special session by Gov. Bevin at a cost of more than $60,000 a day, before they return next year.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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  • Heza Putz wrote on December 04, 2017 10:09 PM :

    Twas the week before Christmas and all through the House, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…. except for the chick in the see through blouse.

  • nutjob wrote on December 05, 2017 07:16 AM :

    Nice Christmas gift from Frankfort – ruining your pension for the rest of your life. The least he could do is give us a sneak peak this version “twas the week before Christmas and the workers were all screwed” with visions of palm tress dancing in their hears, the workers were screwed the pension is in the red.

  • nutjob wrote on December 05, 2017 07:16 AM :

    Nice Christmas gift from Frankfort – ruining your pension for the rest of your life. The least he could do is give us a sneak peak this version “twas the week before Christmas and the workers were all screwed” with visions of palm tress dancing in their hears, the workers were screwed the pension is in the red.

  • sadkyworker wrote on December 05, 2017 08:58 AM :

    Bah humbug!! No raises for over a decade and increasing insurance costs make for a very skinny Christmas. And now you want to throw one of the most important pieces of legislation out right before Christmas. This bill is as big as War and Peace and you cant just read the Cliff Notes. Every single detail is extremely important. We were told we would get at least 30 days to review this bill. This is like releasing important news on Friday afternoon hoping that most people don’t catch it because they are in weekend mode. Scrooge aka Gov Bevin is wanting to put this out right before Christmas hoping that the legislators will pass it so they can get home for their break. The ghosts of Christmases past present and future made Scrooge see the light. A mass gathering of teachers, state employees, retirees etc on the Capital steps will make themselves heard to our Scrooge.

  • JoeB wrote on December 06, 2017 09:04 AM :

    The gov may call a special session this year but that does not mean any legislation will get passed. The legislature may just show up, recess, and go back home.I actually think is what will most likely happen if a special session is called.However I do think the governor is arrogant and stupid enough to call them in for a session. I dont think the governor and a few of the legislators realize the backlash that is going to come from any pension reform (whether it takes place in a special session or next year).They should be trying to do away with some tax exemptions now being given and find additional funding for the present systems.If the pension problem did not exist the state still needs additional revenue to continue to provide services to its citizens.

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