No Vote On Pension Bill As Teachers, State Workers Protest

After the bill, SB 1628, was held up in committee for most of the session, the Senate used a procedural move to bring it up to the floor. When the Senate ended its "orders of the day" without calling the bill, the crowd outside could be heard cheering. Kentucky's pension system is one of the worst-funded in the country.

What happens next with is not immediately clear.

On Thursday, Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said he was confident he had enough votes for the bill to pass the Senate; however, the likelihood of it getting through the House in its current state was much lower, with many Republican and Democrat legislators expressing concerns.

But after hours of closed-door meetings on Friday, Stivers said the Senate's Republican majority wanted more time to consider the issue. But most of that savings would come from temporary cuts to the annual cost-of-living raises for retired teachers, who are not eligible to receive Social Security benefits.

State workers hired since January 1, 2014 already receive cash-balance plans that guarantee retirement accounts grow by at least 4 percent every year.

The cash-balance plans grow depending on the stock market and the state would guarantee that the plans wouldn't lose money.

People with hazardous jobs, such as law enforcement, who are in "hybrid cash balance" plans would retain the plans with 4 percent guaranteed returns. They're very aware of the fact that they want a pension. "I think the biggest uphill battle we still have is in the House of Representatives".

"I believe it's right to stand up for people who can't stand up for themselves", she said. They missed the Tuesday deadline that would have allowed them to adjourn on time Friday, largely because of a dispute over health care funding.

After she watched the House vote to send the legislation to the governor, Johnson fiercely hugged bill sponsors Sen.

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Both sides of that controversial bill are trying hard to make their case, but lawmakers say it has a good chance of passing. "The process is the process and has to play itself out". "It's a work in progress", Bowen said.

Head's bill first called for criminal provisions that would make it a Class A misdemeanor in IN but time limitations before the Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law forced Head to replace that provision with a civil penalty.

Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, says the bill "punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual".

"I assume from years of past experience that there will be some tail twisting going on this weekend to see if they can't remedy that. Even local communities are going to feel this".

"School boards are your biggest employer in nearly every small county and public education touches every life in rural Kentucky", Jones said.

"You don't sign a bill until it's actually put in front of you", said Bevin, "and the bill that will be put in front of me, we don't know yet what that'll look like".

The reduction in COLA for retirees, "has been declared illegal", Robbins said.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has said he wouldn't defend the bill if it became law and was challenged in court.

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