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Beshear Praises Decision Granting Protective Order

Ryland Barton
Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said his office has won another victory in the effort to have recent changes to the state’s pension plans declared unconstitutional.

A judge has issued a protective order related to the case. The order will prevent Governor Matt Bevin’s administration from taking sworn testimony from three organizations named in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the pension bill.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled against Governor Bevin’s request to depose the office of the Attorney General, the Kentucky Education Association and the Kentucky State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police. In a video statement, Beshear praised the judge’s decision granting the protective order.

“It’s just another positive step toward getting you the full and final ruling declaring this bill unconstitutional and protecting your rights,” he said.

Beshear also announced a new website that will provide step by step updates about the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Senate bill containing the pension reforms.

“This page is an easy way to follow along and if you have questions later to be able to come back to and pull anything up you need,” he said. “It’s just another step we’re taking to keep you, my client, the people of Kentucky as informed as we possibly can.”

Beshear said the way the legislature attached pension reforms to an unrelated sewage bill in the final moments of the recent General Assembly was unconstitutional. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for June 7th.

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Becca Schimmel is a Becca Schimmel is a multimedia journalist with the Ohio Valley ReSource a collaborative of public radio stations in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio. She's based out of the WKU Public Radio newsroom in Bowling Green.
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