Is this the death of legislative task forces?

02/28/2013 08:24 PM

In what Senate leaders described as “gutting” the pension reform bill, House leaders may have inadvertently delivered the death blow to the task force style of problem solving complex issues in Frankfort.

The pension reform bill, Senate Bill 2, was based on the interim joint Public Pension Task Force recommendations, which the bipartisan, bicameral group approved overwhelmingly in November. And the full Senate passed it by a 33-5 vote on Feb. 9. Then it got substantially rewritten in the House this week, which did not sit well with Republican Senate leaders.

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, told reporters Thursday that the dismissal of the bipartisan task force recommendations which created Senate Bill 2 has changed the “integrity of the task force system.”

“The House has sent us several bills with task force in them. Why would we ever want to adopt any type of legislation that has a task force in it anymore,” Stivers said. “The integrity of the task force system has just been thrown out the door.”

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, 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 the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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