BREAKING: Judge strikes down pension reform law

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Pension Reform

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Franklin Circuit Court judge ruled on Wednesday Kentucky’s new pension reform law is unconstitutional.

In his ruling, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said the fast-tracked process the General Assembly used to pass the law makes it unconstitutional.

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Shepherd said lawmakers failed to follow requirements in the Constitution that call for three readings of the bill and a majority vote during passage.

The ruling means the new law is invalid.

Lawmakers replaced Senate Bill 151, a bill involving wastewater treatment, with the state pension system bill, on the last days of the legislative session.



Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear argued the bill was passed illegally and violated the state’s constitution.

Governor Matt Bevin pushed for the bill, saying it was needed to help with Kentucky multi-billion dollar pension shortfall.

Both sides said they would appeal if Shepherd did not rule in their favor.