Governor Bevin's team taking pension lawsuit back to court

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Governor Matt Bevin's team has not given up on the pension law.

Our sister station WKYT reports Bevin's team brought the pension lawsuit back to court Wednesday.

A judge ruled the law unconstitutional last month, but did not say anything about the inviolable contract between the state and state employees.

Bevin's team hopes to get some answers, wanting to know if Kentucky is allowed to change retirement benefits for state employees. They called back to the bench Judge Phillip Shepherd, the judge Bevin originally called "an incompetent hack".

"Initially, he said this court and this judge shouldn't decide any issue, and now they're asking him to decide issues that don't need to be decided because the bill is entirely void," said Attorney General Andy Beshear.

"There's a limited opportunity for the legislature in Kentucky to consider bills and consider legislation, and that's why it would be good to have a decision before January of 2019 when they reconvene the next time," said General Counsel Steve Pitt. "The legislature could come back in and hold another vote on this bill or a very similar bill in the next session. I don't know if they'll do that or not, but for that reason, it would be good to go ahead and have a ruling on this underlying issue as soon as possible."

"I hope for a good ruling, and then let's get this to the Supreme Court. Let's get a final ruling so those 200,000 Kentucky families, police officers, firefighters, social workers, EMS, every state, city, county and school employee don't have to suffer from the anxiety that they're suffering from right now," said Bevin.

The hearing ended Wednesday without a decision.

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