Lawmakers prepare for Legislative Session

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Pension reform was met with protest last year from teachers and others. Republican Representative Robert Goforth of East Bernstadt says that pension reform will be a priority once again.

Goforth is also working on a pro life bill that would make abortion a felony after a heartbeat has been detected.

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“I think the country is moving forward. I think it represents Kentucky values and the direction that the voters of Kentucky and the people of Kentucky want to hit,” said Goforth.

Democratic Representative Kelly Flood of Lexington, wants the pension reforms from 2013 to continue taking effect, as opposed to the overhaul of the system passed in 2018.

“We’re just coming five years out and seeing some real results. We ought to be patient and do some reform efforts together, not divisive and incompetent moves that divide us,” said Flood.

Flood also wants to tackle sexual harassment at the Capitol. She’s pre-filed a bill that would define sexual harassment as ethical misconduct, direct the legislative ethics commission to investigate complaints and prevent taxpayer dollars from being spent on settlements.

“And by leaving it uncodified, we allow all the new legislators coming in to basically learn that you can get away with it and it doesn’t cost you a dime because the taxpayers will handle it,” said Flood.

Republican Senator Ralph Alvarado of Winchester, wants to use his real world experience as a doctor to advocate for patients. He plans to file one bill that would set rules for insurance companies dealing with prior authorization for treatments, and one that deals with out of network billing.

“If a patient receives a service and it’s from a doctor who’s out of network or a provider who’s out of network, the patient is removed from that and it will set kind of a benchmark of what the reimbursement should be,” said Alvarado.