Thayer: Pension ruling something out of 'Twilight Zone'

06/21/2018 12:12 PM

Describing Wednesday’s ruling against the controversial pension reform law “a joke” and something from the “Twilight Zone,” Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer said he expects the ruling to be overturned.

The case is now expected to head to the state Supreme Court on appeal for a final ruling this year, and Thayer predicts devastation if the circuit court ruling is upheld.

“If Judge Shepherd’s decision is upheld it will have two fairly serious calamitous results,” Thayer said on Thursday. “Number one, we’re back to square one, and we’re in a death spiral on our pension systems. Number two; it is a serious blow to legislative independence.”

The Georgetown Republican said the ruling on Wednesday could imperil other legislation that the General Assembly has passed in the same manner, because the judge ruled the process by which the pension law was passed, in one day without the three required readings, is unconstitutional.

“I’ve been told that parts of the original inviolable contract were done the same way,” he said.

Thayer also says that Judge Phillip Shepherd issued “an overtly political decision.” He argues that Kentuckians should choose their judges wisely, and says there is some debate about interceding and attempting to move the court of standing for laws passed in Frankfort and challenged away from the Franklin Circuit Court.

“I would say there’s a very strong possibility that we’re going to discuss that and take a look at it,” Thayer said.

_Thayer also weighed in on the push for sports wagering in Kentucky, and how he hopes to help craft that law in 2019. _

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