Judge Rules Private Pension Meeting Illegal

Posted at 7:09 AM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 07:09:58-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP)– A judge has ruled Kentucky lawmakers broke the law by holding a private meeting to discuss changes to the state’s public pension system.

In August, the House of Representatives held a closed-door meeting to discuss the state’s struggling pension plan. 

Lawmakers justified the meeting by calling it a gathering of the Republican and Democratic caucuses, which are exempt from the open meetings law.

But last week, Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate rejected that argument — saying that the formation of public policy is public business and should not be conducted in secret.