Judge permanently blocks Bevin’s order abolishing UofL board

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Governor, Matt Bevin, Attorney General, Andy Beshear
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky judge says Gov. Matt Bevin does not have the power to abolish and replace the University of Louisville’s board of trustees.

The ruling from Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Wednesday permanently blocks an executive order Bevin issued earlier this year that replaced all of the members of the university’s board. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued, arguing Bevin’s order was illegal.

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It is the second defeat for Bevin in a week in his battles with Beshear. Last week, the state Supreme Court ruled Bevin could not cut the budgets of state colleges and universities without the approval of the state legislature. Beshear sued to stop Bevin in that case, too.

Bevin will most likely appeal the ruling. Both sides have said they expect the case to end up before the state Supreme Court.

Attorney General Andy Beshear has released a statement on the ruling, saying, “We appreciate Judge Shepherd’s urgency in issuing a final decision in this case. What our students and faculty need now is finality. That is why I am calling on Gov. Bevin to either accept the ruling and appoint trustees to the five openings, or agree to move this case immediately to the Kentucky Supreme Court.”

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