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Kentucky lawmakers set to convene for session on pensions

Posted at 5:27 AM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 06:16:07-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For the second time in less than a year, Kentucky lawmakers are returning to the statehouse for a special session dealing with the state’s pension problems.

Lawmakers are set to convene at Friday morning.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin called the session to take up his pension-relief proposal for regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies burdened by surging retirement costs.

Bevin spent weeks rounding up votes and finding a time when enough supporters could gather to take up the measure. It replaces a bill that Bevin vetoed in April after lawmakers ended their regular session. Bevin’s team says he has secured enough votes to pass his proposal.

Last December, Bevin called a special session to pass a more sweeping pension law. The GOP-led legislature went home without taking action on the measure.