GOP state rep. believes pension reform should be taken up the first week of the 2018 legislative session

12/06/2017 11:27 AM

FRANKFORT – As 2017 winds down, one northern Kentucky GOP lawmaker believes that Gov. Matt Bevin should not call a special session, but instead, allow the General Assembly come back on January 2 for the start of the regular 2018 session, and pass a pension reform bill the first week, much like they did with a number of priority bills at the start of the 2017 session.

Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, believes that since it is so late in the year, it makes no sense financially to pay close to $360,000 a week for the cost of a special session when the whole body would return on January 2 for the beginning of the regularly scheduled 60-day session.

“I think as fiscal conservatives that we need to be cognizant of the cost of bringing the legislators into a special session,” Moser said. “I think in light of the fact that we were so productive in our first week last year, I don’t see why we can’t be that productive again if we need to focus our efforts on the pension in the first week.”

Moser believes that the House is close to hammering out an agreement with the changes which have been made since Bevin’s first proposal.

“I just had a great meeting with three superintendents in my district just yesterday, and so we’re continuing to talk, we’re continuing to look for solutions,” Moser said. “I am bringing these important points back to our leadership as we talk through these issues. Yes, we have made a lot of changes to the original proposal. We’ll just see. Hopefully, we can come to a resolution that helps us solve this problem.”

Moser admits that the House sexual harassment scandal has served as a major distraction for legislators at the same time they’re trying to iron out an agreement with the pension issue.

“Well, it’s really unfortunate, it’s really sad and disappointing, frankly,” Moser said. “It has been a distraction.”

The list of legislators not wanting to have have a special session called appears to be growing.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday night, Rep. Phil Moffett, R-Louisville, said that he joined a good number of House members in a letter respectfully asking Gov. Bevin not to call a special session this calendar year.

“Many of us want the final bill draft in the public eye for at least 2 weeks and a completed financial analysis before we start our committee hearing/floor debate processes,” Moffett said. He added, “bill negotiations are not complete yet. No reason to spend money on special with regular session just 27 days away.”


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