Governor Bevin appeals ruling striking down pension law

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has appealed a circuit judge's decision striking down changes to the state's retirement systems.

Bevin's attorney Steve Pitt filed the official notice of appeal on Friday. He has asked the state Supreme Court to take the case, a move that would bypass the state Court of Appeals.

“Gov. Bevin’s decision to wait until the last moment to appeal has continued to cause anxiety to our teachers, police officers, firefighters, social workers and public servants who deserve better," said Attorney General Andy Beshear. "Our public servants and their families deserve a quick and final decision that protects the retirements they were promised. We are requesting the case go directly to the Supreme Court of Kentucky and be argued as quickly as possible.”

The Republican-controlled legislature passed Senate Bill 151 earlier this year. The law made changes to the state's struggling retirement systems, including moving all new teacher hires into a hybrid plan and limiting how teachers can use sick days to calculate their retirement benefits.

In June, Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd struck down the law because he said lawmakers violated the state constitution by not giving the bill three readings over three days.

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