Bevin-backed pension bill heads for full Senate vote

Posted at 12:07 PM, Jul 23, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — The pension overhaul bill backed by Gov. Matt Bevin to address a group of quasi-state entities will go to the Senate floor.

On Monday, lawmakers passed the bill out of a House committee and on Tuesday morning a Senate committee followed suit.

Now it heads to the full Senate, where backers say they have the votes to pass it and send it on to Bevin's desk.

Despite that, several lawmakers are not in favor of the legislation, insisting the language breaks the "inviolable contract" with pensioners. That the contract state employees have with the commonwealth, ensuring the benefits.

However, supporters insist the bill is legal, affecting only benefits going forward.

If the bill passes, there already are hints that a court battle would ensue. Republicans for their part believe it will hold up to judicial scrutiny.

"It’s just an election year tactic," said Sen. Damon Thayer, a Scott County Republican. "Look these Democrats, they don’t like Gov. Bevin. They don’t like the direction they’re taking the state."

The Senate is expected to vote on the legislation tomorrow at 9 a.m.