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Bevin Selects Senator Alvarado as Running Mate

Governor Matt Bevin filed with the Secretary of State's Office to run for governor in 2019 with a new running mate, current state Senator Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester).

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Board Orders Recount in Race Decided by One Vote

In a vote that fell along party lines, the House Election Contest Board agreed to a request by former Representative DJ Johnson for a recount of the 13th House District, which represents the City of Owensboro. He lost the seat to Democrat Jim Glenn by one vote.

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Legislators Convene 2019 Session

The Kentucky House and Senate convened Tuesday for the start of the 2019 session. David Osborne was sworn in as Speaker of the House and Robert Stivers resumed his role as Senate President. The House also impaneled a board to review a contested seat.

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Special Session Ends With No Pension Bill

The House and Senate adjourned sine die Tuesday night after an agreement could not be reached on a new pension reform bill.

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New Pension Bills Filed in House

The 2018 special session started Monday night with the introduction of two pension bills, both sponsored by Representative Jerry Miller. House Bill 1 is an updated version of the pension reform bill the Kentucky Supreme Court struck down last week, Senate Bill 151, and House Bill 2 includes language restating the phase-in of CERS employer contribution rates.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Pension Law

An order handed down Thursday morning affirms a lower court ruling declaring the pension reform law, Senate Bill 151, unconstitutional. The state's high court agreed the bill did not meet the three-reading requirement in the Kentucky Constitution.

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Register for 2019 City Day/City Night

It is time once again to mark your calendar. The annual City Day/City Night event will take place February 13, 2019.

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Supreme Court Upholds Right-To-Work Law

The Kentucky Supreme Court issued several opinions Thursday morning, including a ruling on the KLC-supported right-to-work law that the legislature passed in 2017. It also set an expedited hearing schedule on the lawsuit over Marsy's Law for Kentucky. However, it did not release a decision on the pension law.

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Experience Study Presented to KRS Board

The draft of an experience study conducted by the actuary for the Kentucky Retirement Systems raised questions about the amount of payroll growth being seen in the County Employees Retirement System (CERS). The KRS Board of Trustees received a preview of the report Thursday. It also recommends a slight reduction in CERS employer contribution rates.

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KLC Details 2019 Legislative Agenda

KLC President and Mayfield Mayor Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell, First Vice President and Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf and Deputy Executive Director J.D. Chaney outlined the 2019 KLC Legislative Agenda to the Interim Joint Committee on Local Government. They explained why the separation of the County Employees Retirement System remains the top priority for cities and spoke on everything from equalization and modernization of the road funding formula to updating city classification reform.

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Legislators Talk Taxes & Revenue at Series of NKU meetings

The Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue met on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. The Office of the State Budget Director warned members of the committee that the Fiscal Year budget may not end as flush as FY 2018. The Task Force on Tax Expenditures also met at NKU, along with the Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice & Judiciary, which discussed bail bond reform.

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Auditor Testifies on KentuckyWired Investigation

Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon testified before the Program Review and Investigations Committee on his office's recent review of the troubled KentuckyWired project.

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