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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  • AnnexAnnie wrote on June 21, 2018 01:11 PM :

    Twilight Zone? Says the guy who went on a trip that is under federal investigation…a trip to London, England with many perks all paid for by lobbying groups. Twilight zone indeed. Republicans can’t stand this guy but are afraid to confront him or oppose him. Thayer is solid politician…travel on state and other people’s money to conferences/trips, get his racing tickets and ball game tickets, and that legislative pension all while protesting that state employees and teachers get too much. Oh the vanity!

  • AnnexAnnie wrote on June 21, 2018 01:11 PM :

    Twilight Zone? Says the guy who went on a trip that is under federal investigation…a trip to London, England with many perks all paid for by lobbying groups. Twilight zone indeed. Republicans can’t stand this guy but are afraid to confront him or oppose him. Thayer is solid politician…travel on state and other people’s money to conferences/trips, get his racing tickets and ball game tickets, and that legislative pension all while protesting that state employees and teachers get too much. Oh the vanity!

  • Honest Parley wrote on June 22, 2018 08:59 AM :

    Senator Carpetbagger knows the Twilight Zone well. He lived a special Christmas episode of it while his former wife and his frightened daughter hid in the closet of their home as he went on a classic ego-maniacal rampage. There is no more clear example of legislative arrogance than Senator Carpetbagger. His concern for legislative independence should translate into ensuring that legislation is crafted and processed according to the law. Legislative independence does not mean the legislature is above the law. And the catastrophic mess he claims the courts may create is a mess of his own making. There is no one more responsible for the pension mess than this man. He put lipstick on a pig with his first pension “reform” bill, and then tried to hide another pig in a poke with unlawful, secretive action. As political independents, we strive to stay out of the partisan fray, but Senator Carpetbagger is clearly taking his cues from the clearly worst president to ever preside over the Republic. The party of Trump rules for now, and Senator Carpetbagger is nothing more than an obedient flea.

  • JoeB wrote on June 22, 2018 01:40 PM :

    Looking forward to the day this jerk wagon gets his head handed to him in an election. I wish he had the gumption to file for state wide office and stick with it but he does not have the guts. That way after election day he could head on back to Michigan. One of the most arrogant,egotistical, little men that exists in state government. Thayer acts as if hes playing a part on Broadway when he speaks in the Senate or on tv. I do hope the constituents of his senatorial district are able to rid themselves of this jerk.

  • Reneeway wrote on June 22, 2018 05:32 PM :

    I have watched this man advocate bills for pension reform in about 3-4 sessions since 2008, and all that has happened is our pension system has gotten worse. He seems to think he knows more about everything than anyone, and these bills were supposed to solve the pension problem!!! It today is even worse than it ever was. He is one of the most egotistical little men I have ever seen. He doesn’t even know how to treat women! Scott County, vote him out when he runs again! He does nothing, but loves to have his face before the cameras saying nothing. I sometimes think he thinks he is God.

  • Reneeway wrote on June 22, 2018 05:32 PM :

    I have watched this man advocate bills for pension reform in about 3-4 sessions since 2008, and all that has happened is our pension system has gotten worse. He seems to think he knows more about everything than anyone, and these bills were supposed to solve the pension problem!!! It today is even worse than it ever was. He is one of the most egotistical little men I have ever seen. He doesn’t even know how to treat women! Scott County, vote him out when he runs again! He does nothing, but loves to have his face before the cameras saying nothing. I sometimes think he thinks he is God.

  • Heza Putz wrote on June 22, 2018 09:57 PM :

    Where oh where is Tim Longmeyer when you need him?

  • Tom Franklin wrote on June 24, 2018 10:38 PM :

    When POTUS comes to Lexington to campaign for Weak and Ineffective Andy Barr this fall, Congresscritter Andy loses. When Andy loses, Thayer tries to run against McGrath in 2020.

    With an impeached but not convicted Trump at the top of the 2020 ticket, Thayer loses and applies for a job in the Comer Administration.

  • Heza Putz wrote on June 25, 2018 08:39 PM :

    Don’t bogart what you’re smoking, Tom. 10 to 1 says the only time Amy mentions impeachment she will be stuttering like Mel Tillis. Oh yea, Nnnnnacy Ppppelosi.

  • Raymond Hurst wrote on June 25, 2018 10:21 PM :

    Yes it is like the Twilight Zone; that crooks, in the dead of the night; would pass legislation in secret that would negatively affect thousands of Kentuckians and their families. Then Thayer would laugh about it and make fun of the ‘‘victims’‘.

  • Tom Franklin wrote on June 25, 2018 11:27 PM :

    Democrats are praying for POTUS to show his orange face in central Kentucky & guarantee that white bread doughball Andy Barr gets a beat down from Amy McGrath, an actual patriot.

    The next time Andy Barr takes a risk for his country will be the first time, and it only happens if a banker with a $1 million check tells him how to do it.

    Barr & Trump are locking lips and kissing each other bye bye.

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