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Governor Wants Judge to Amend Pension Ruling

Governor Bevin's general counsel filed a new motion in the pension lawsuit asking Franklin Circuit Court to alter, amend or vacate a June ruling that declares Senate Bill 151 invalid.

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Federal Commission on School Safety Holds Listening Session in Kentucky

President Trump created the Federal Commission on School Safety after the Parkland, Florida shooting. On Tuesday, it came to Kentucky to hear from Governor Matt Bevin, legislators, law enforcement, the public and others on what the state is doing to try and curb the increase of violence in our schools.

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Members of CERS Separation Group Announced as KRS Testifies on New Investments

PPOB co-chair Jerry Miller announced at a Monday afternoon meeting that members of a subcommittee to study CERS separation have been selected. That information came after testimony from the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees Chairman its and Executive Director on a recent decision to adopt a new investment strategy for all plans, including CERS.

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Tax Panel Told Cities Need More Revenue Options

KLC Deputy Executive Director J.D. Chaney told a Kentucky Chamber of Commerce tax panel that cities are looking to the legislature to provide more options to fund the growing demand on city services. Representative Ken Fleming is heading up a new tax task force and hopes to have tax reform by 2020.

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Is Your City Ready for the New Tax Laws?

New tax laws that go into effect July 1, 2018, may have a significant impact on your city. We are continuing to gather information on what will fall under the new requirement for the 6 percent sales and use tax and on changes that need to be made to withholding due to the flat 5 percent state income tax rate.

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KLC Board Votes on 2019 Legislative Agenda

From CERS separation to modernizing the road funding formula and limiting the peace officer powers of untrained constables, the KLC Board of Directors voted Thursday on a wide range of priorities for the 2019 legislative session.

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2018 'Friend of Kentucky Cities' Award Winners Announced

he KLC Board of Directors named a record number of legislators as 2018 'Friend of Kentucky Cities' award winners. Eleven senators and 18 representatives will be honored this year for performing outstanding work advocating for issues that impact cities across the state.

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Judge Strikes Down Pension Law

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has ruled in favor of a lawsuit against the state's new pension law. The judge says the law is invalid because it was not read three times before passage and because it did not pass with a constitutional majority vote.

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Cities and Schools Team Up to Promote Civics Education

The Kentucky League of Cities offers a unique program to schools across Kentucky. City Government Month provides a teacher created and approved civics lesson plan, along with various other tools for teachers and parents. It also asks city leaders to participate in teaching elementary school students about their local government.

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Legislative Group Formed to Draft Sports Betting Proposal

A bipartisan group of legislators have formed a group to draft and file legislation in the House and Senate that would legalize sports betting in Kentucky.

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Governor Files Amended Complaint in Pension Lawsuit

One week after a lengthy hearing in the lawsuit over the state's new pension bill, lawyers for Governor Matt Bevin have filed an amended complaint. It asks the judge to rule that the pension bill and others passed in the 2018 session, including the bill that provides for a phase-in of CERS employer contribution rates, do not have to be read out loud three times in order to be valid.

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Legislators Hear Three-Pronged Approach to School Safety

The Interim Joint Committee on Education heard from KLC Senior Law Enforcement Liaison Mark Filburn and others on what Kentucky legislators and communities can do to improve school safety in the state.

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Kentucky City Population Continues Growth

New population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show more and more people are choosing to live in a Kentucky city, creating a greater demand for city services.

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KRS Board Votes For Conservative CERS Investments Despite Successful Growth Funds

The Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees approved a new investment approach for CERS that pulls away from growth funds, even though they have outperformed fixed income funds over the past five years. They also talked about a study that's underway into assumption rates for all KRS plans.

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State Budget Director Claims CERS Phase-in Threatened by Pension Lawsuit

KLC responded to a letter the governor's budget director sent to city officials warning that a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the state's new pension law poses a threat to the law providing a phase-in of CERS employer contribution rates.

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Hearing Held in Pension Lawsuit

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and general counsel for Governor Matt Bevin were in court Thursday to argue the merits of the lawsuit filed against the state's new pension bill.

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