Governor Bevin calls special session on pension relief

Posted at 12:42 PM, Jul 15, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Matt Bevin announced that he will convene the Kentucky General Assembly into a special session, beginning this Friday, July 19.

Following the end of the 2019 regular session, Governor Bevin made it clear that he wanted a special session in order to pass a bill for certain Kentucky groups.

The governor had been hoping that the plan would secure enough votes to relieve quasi-agencies of the financial stress caused by the crisis. Agencies affected include regional universities, health departments, domestic violence centers, and community health centers.

Two and a half months ago, the Governor publicly introduced a proposal to provide immediate fiscal relief to those agencies and provide long-term options that will offer these organizations the ability to continue operation and save critical community services. This bill has been thoroughly vetted and improved with input from legislators.

A spokesperson for the governor's office says the plan, "is the only fiscally responsible plan that provides our regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies with a path to a sustainable future."