Despite court ruling, Bevin again replaces commission

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has again replaced a powerful commission that nominates some state judges despite a court ruling last week temporarily blocking him from doing it.

Bevin’s spokeswoman said the executive order is an attempt to address the court’s objections without waiting for a lengthy appeal. But critics say they were blindsided.

Last month, Bevin abolished the commission that nominates judges who decide workers compensation claims and replaced them with new members. Labor unions sued.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd temporarily blocked Bevin’s order. Instead of appealing that ruling, Bevin rescinded his previous order and issued another one he hopes will address Shepherd’s objections rather than wait out the appeal.

Kentucky AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan said they would oppose Bevin’s new order. A hearing is scheduled for next week.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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