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Stu Johnson

Governor Matt Bevin believes portions of Thursday’s Kentucky Supreme Court hearing on the new pension reform law were, in his words, “not on the matters that really are of importance”. 

The governor offered his thoughts after participating in a Lexington event Friday. “The desire to focus on technicalities and not on the merits of the suit and of what is and what is not inviolable was I think wasted opportunity,” said Bevin.

Kentucky Supreme Court Hears Pension Case This Week

Sep 17, 2018
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The challenge against Kentucky’s new pension law will be heard by the Supreme Court of Kentucky on Thursday.  The hearing will pit Kentucky’s two preeminent political rivals against each other and puts retirement benefits for thousands state workers in the balance. 

At issue is whether lawmakers broke the law by employing frequently-used procedures that allow them to pass bills quickly at the end of a legislative session. 
 

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Lexington council member Richard Moloney wants to see more attention given to local employee pension payment obligations over the next five years. 

Moloney expressed his concerns during a council budget committee meeting Tuesday.  Moloney believes a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling declaring the state’s new public pension law unconstitutional would lead to changes in the state budget.“If the case comes out and it is unconstitutional, it will have an impact on all the budget because all the money’s been spent, they’ll have to go back and redo this budget,” said Moloney.

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In addition to the annual celebrations of Independence Day, July 4th, 2017 will be remembered for the passing of a highly-recognized Former Kentucky Chief Justice.

Justice John Palmore died Tuesday, about a month shy of his 100thbirthday.


Panhandling in the Commonwealth on Eastern Standard

May 2, 2017
Marisa Hempel

Have you noticed panhandlers at interstate exits and street corners?  Maybe in downtown Lexington or other communities?

 


After the State Supreme court ruling that struck down Lexington’s panhandling ordinance, the issue has had officials scrambling to find answers to this community problem, with meetings to address the issue taking place all month long.

On this week’s Eastern Standard: Panhandling in the Commonwealth.

 

 

 

Homelessness in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

Feb 21, 2017
Marisa Hempel

Kentucky’s Supreme Court struck down Lexington’s panhandling ordinance last week, saying the ban violated free speech. While the homeless in Lexington can now panhandle without fear of prosecution, there are other issues of concern related to basic subsistence.


On this week’s Eastern Standard, homelessness in the Commonwealth.

 

Ky. Restaurants Review Minimum Wage Ruling

Oct 21, 2016
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Retailers across Kentucky are assessing the State Supreme Court’s ruling on local efforts to set a minimum wage.  That includes many in the restaurant business.

The state’s highest court yesterday ruled on wage increases in Lexington and Louisville invalid.   The court says only state lawmakers can act to raise the base rate. 

Kentucky Restaurant Association President Stacy Roof says it will be a business-by-business decision about whether to go back to the lower minimum wage of $7.25.  She says most of their workers are not making minimum wage.

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A six-to-one Kentucky Supreme Court ruling Thursday struck down minimum wage increases in the state’s two largest cities.  

  

  

Lexington’s minimum wage increased 95 cents in July to eight $8.20 an hour.  The rate was scheduled to go up two more times over the next two years before resting at $10.10.

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Kentucky’s highest court says the state’s Republican governor cannot cut the budgets of public colleges and universities without the approval of the state legislature.

The 5-2 ruling by the state Supreme Court reverses a lower court ruling that said Gov. Matt Bevin had the authority to order public colleges and universities not to spend all of the money the state legislature gave them.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear appealed, arguing Bevin’s order was illegal. A majority of the court agreed on Thursday, saying Bevin does not have that authority.

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There's been much attention over the past week given to Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.  Other related issues could come before state lawmakers.

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The newest member of the Kentucky Supreme Court has been sworn in as a justice.

Joel Imel/Bowling Green Daily News

 

A judge in Frankfort is set to take up when to set a trial over the issue of Instant Racing at racetracks.

A hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday in Franklin Circuit Court after Kentucky officials requested a hearing to move the case toward a resolution.

 

Deputy Chief Justice Mary Noble of Lexington has become the first woman to preside over oral arguments in the Kentucky Supreme Court.  The issue before the Supreme Court was ineffective assistance of counsel in a criminal case. It's a fairly routine issue of appeal, but the proceedings were unique because, for the first time, a woman was sitting in the chief justice's chair.