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Judge Lets 3 Democratic Lawmakers Join Lawsuit Against Bevin

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A state judge has ruled three Democratic state lawmakers can join a lawsuit seeking to stop Gov. Matt Bevin from cutting spending on state colleges and universities.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has cut state spending by nearly $18 million for colleges and universities this year. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued him, arguing he does not have the authority to cut the budget without the approval of the state legislature.

Democratic state Reps. Jim Wayne, Darryl Owens and Mary Lou Marzian asked to join the lawsuit.

Bevin's attorneys argued they should not be allowed to join because they do not have legal standing to sue.

Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate wrote the lawmakers have standing to enforce their rights and duties as elected officials.

Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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