Beshear files lawsuit against pension reform bill

04/11/2018 11:12 AM

FRANKFORT- As promised, Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, has filed a lawsuit seeking to block the pension reform bill signed into law Tuesday.

Beshear along with the Kentucky Education Association and the Kentucky State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police named Gov. Bevin, R-Kentucky, Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne, R-Prospect, as the defendants on the lawsuit filed in Franklin County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit says it is seeking a declaration of rights, a temporary injunction and a permanent injunction of Senate Bill 151. The lawsuit states that the bill violates several areas of the state Constitution, due in part to the speed it was rushed through the General Assembly, bypassing Section 46 of the Kentucky Constitution requiring a new bill receive three readings on a three different days.

“The laws were designed to prevent the exact trickery and exclusion of the public that the General Assembly exhibited on March 29,” the lawsuit reads.

The lawsuit also states the bill violates the inviolable contract made to public employees, and by enacting the bill, Gov. Bevin and the General Assembly have “substantially impaired and broken that contract.”

Read the full complaint here.

Watch Beshear explaining his lawsuit:

The Bevin administration quickly shot back against Beshear’s lawsuit.

“The Beshears have always treated pensions as political currency, so it’s no surprise that Attorney General Beshear filed this political lawsuit today.

Over eight years, former governor Steve Beshear underfunded the pension system by billions, recklessly diverting much needed funds to other causes and allowing the system to become the worst funded in the country.

Now, the Attorney General is carrying on the Beshear family legacy by trying to block a law that will strengthen our pension system.

The Attorney General has threatened litigation since the process began, proving that he cared less about the contents of pension reform and more a
bout scoring political points with the KEA—a reliable source for family fundraising.

Rather than looking out for the best interest of Kentuckians, the Attorney General has chosen a political path, one that will cause irreparable damage to public employees and taxpayers.” Bevin Communications Director Elizabeth Kuhn said in a statement.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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  • Heza Putz wrote on April 12, 2018 10:40 AM :

    Existing public employee retirees and current enrollees have a valid inviolable contract argument. Is Beshear going to argue that the existing contract/“promise” can not ever be changed going forward? Ask a UAW worker about that, or countless other private sector employees. I’ll bet a hundred bucks to a doughnut he will lose in court, but this isn’t about law, it’s about a grandstanding AG running for Governor.

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