Bevin Administration files amended complaint on pension bill

06/14/2018 01:54 PM

FRANKFORT- In an effort to toss out one of Attorney General Andy Beshear’s, D-Kentucky, complaints against Senate Bill 151, the Bevin Administration has filed an amended complaint against the three readings argument.

The amended complaint seeks further deceleration on Beshear’s argument that SB 151, the pension reform bill, is invalid because it was not fully read aloud three separate times. The administration argues that if this claim is upheld, then thousands of bills would be invalidated because they have not undergone three separate readings. Furthermore, they say there is currently no requirement under Kentucky law that a bill should be read three separate times “as passed”.

“Reading every bill in its final form a total of three times on three different days before it is passed into law would create a horrific debacle for the General Assembly,” said Gov. Bevin’s General Counsel Steve Pitt. “This argument shows that the Attorney General has a limited and naive understanding of our legislative process, and his outrageous claim, if allowed to stand, would not only tie the hands of our General Assembly, but it would invalidate thousands of laws passed using the same legislative process as Senate Bill 151.

“There are decades of important laws impacting healthcare, education, and criminal justice that have now been called into question by the Attorney General’s claims,” Pitt continued. “The amended claim filed today ensures that this issue is resolved and the Attorney General’s irresponsible behavior will not lead to critical legislation being invalidated or further thrown into question.”

The argument goes on to say Beshear’s claims extend beyond the 2018 legislative session, and could invalidate decades of laws passed using the same process as SB 151.

Attorney General Andy Beshear is crying foul at this claim made by the administration. Chalking up this latest attempt against his case as them running scared.

“Folks this is nothing more than fear mongering, an attempt to delay, and bullying. We filed this lawsuit because the General Assembly and the governor broke the law when they turned an eleven page sewer bill into a 291 page pension bill and passed it in six hours.” he said in a video statement released on Twitter. .

The complaint urges the court to declare that Kentucky’s Constitution does not require that each bill must be literally read out loud at length three times.

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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