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Bevin Appeals Judge's Ruling Striking Down Pension Changes

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin appealed a judge's ruling that struck down changes to the state's pension system.

An attorney for the Republican governor, Steve Pitt, filed the official notice of the appeal on Friday, according to the Associated Press. Bevin's legal team asked for the Kentucky Supreme Court to take the case, bypassing the state Court of Appeals.

Earlier this year, the Republican-controlled legislature adopted changes to the state pension system that included moving all new teachers into a hybrid retirement plan and limited how teachers use their sick days to add to their retirement benefits.

The changes were placed in Senate Bill 151, derided by critics as a "sewage bill" because it originally had nothing to do with the state retirement system.

Leading up to the passage of the bill, raucous protests led by educators filled the grounds of the Kentucky Capitol, canceling school days in the process.

Franklin County Circuit Judge Philip Shepherd struck down the bill, arguing that the state violated the Kentucky constitution by not giving it three full readings over three days.

Bevin did not release a statement on the matter.

Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat who is running for governor next year, and who sued Bevin and the General Assembly over the changes, also asked that the case go directly to the supreme court instead of the 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," Beshear said in a statement. "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.”

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher