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.”

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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  • JoeB wrote on December 10, 2017 10:52 AM :

    The GOP is coming out with a new proposed bill for pension reform. At this time no one has seen it. So they want to pass it in the first week of a new regular session? I am sure they would especially Mr Pompous @ss himself, Damon Thayer. If the governor and the people writing this new bill do not publish it and get it out for the public to see asap they will have the same storm of phone calls, emails, and letters flooding Frankfort again as they did this fall when the session starts. On top of that you can expect rallies from stakeholders. Not only stakeholders but mad stakeholders. I have never seen as many people involved in this issue before and the more the governor, Damon Thayer, and a few other Republican leaders continue to exhibit their condescending attitudes towards teachers and state employers the madder stakeholders they get.Get it out at the last minute and try to pass it during the first week of the legislative session without people having time to read and absorb it and its unpredictable what may happen in Frankfort.

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