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Bevin: New pension bill written for upcoming special session

Posted at 4:33 PM, Apr 30, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says his administration has crafted a new pension bill for lawmakers to consider in a special session.

Bevin hasn't said when he'll call lawmakers back to the Capitol in Frankfort to consider the measure aimed at giving regional universities, county health departments and other agencies relief from a spike in pension costs.

The Republican governor said Tuesday in an interview on WKDZ in Cadiz that he'll call the special session in the days following the Kentucky Derby. He says he wants the issue resolved long before July 1, when the governmental agencies face ballooning pension costs.

Bevin surprised lawmakers when he recently vetoed a measure aimed at giving the pension relief.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer on Tuesday praised Bevin's efforts to develop a new bill and build support for it.