Kentucky lawmakers hint pension plan could be forthcoming

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Republican leaders in Kentucky’s legislature may be close to unveiling a bill aimed at shoring up state pension systems for government employees and school teachers after weeks of work.

Senate President Robert Stivers said Tuesday he anticipates a pension bill will be presented this week. This year’s legislative session reaches its halfway point Wednesday.

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Anticipation has been mounting as top Republican lawmakers have pored over actuarial reviews on how much pension proposals would cost taxpayers.

Acting House Speaker David Osborne says it’s been a frustrating process that moved more slowly than anticipated. He says lawmakers decided to move cautiously with as much information as possible. He says the goal is to craft a plan that ensures the long-term viability of the public pension systems while also garnering enough votes to pass.

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