Legislative Session Ends With Passing of State Pension Reform

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Updated: 3/27/2013 5:00 am
     State lawmakers will not be working overtime this year.
 
    The House and Senate both passed a state pension reform program that could have put the legislature into a special session, but a compromise was reached early Tuesday evening.

     Lawmakers also overrode Governor Steve Beshear's veto of House Bill 279, also known as the Freedom of Religion Bill.

    One other major piece of legislation was passed Tuesday night that involves school safety. Rep. Richard Henderson of Mt. Sterling sponsored the bill that will require schools to set and practice safety plans in case of emergencies like a school shooting. The bill also requires each school be given information about students with troubled pasts, and increase faculty training for students with mental illnesses.

   Lawmakers did discuss the redistricting issue this session, but because state law does not require the redistricting to be completed until the end of January of 2014, that issue likely will be brought up either in the next legislative session or in  special session this Fall.
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