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Phase I of South Maysville Roadway Improvement Project nears completion
By Emily Patrick
Advocate summer Intern

Gov. Matt Bevin announced that he will convene the Kentucky General Assembly into special session, beginning this Friday, July 19, at 8 a.m., according to a release from the Governor’s Office.

This session has been announced in reference to a new bill which offers Kentucky’s quasi-agencies, including regional universities, health departments, domestic violence centers and community health centers, different options involving the Kentucky Retirement System pension plan.
A proclamation will be issued later this week in accordance with Section 80 of the Kentucky Constitution, the release said.

State Rep. David Hale, R-Wellington, told the Advocate that the bill legislators will be hearing and voting on will be addressing the pension situation in relation to the quasi-governmental agencies.

“I certainly think this is something we have to address. We have been told that, if not addressed, we could have at least 50 to 60 health dept.’s closing,” Hale said. “Hopefully we’ll have the votes to pass this bill and give agencies some relief soon.”

Hale also said that the legislators have been contacted about their opinions on the bill, and added that a session wouldn’t be called unless there was a good chance of the bill passing.

State Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, assured the Advocate that “we feel like we have the votes (to get it passed).”

“The original proposal was good, but it needed some changes that the majority wanted done,” Alvarado said.

Alvarado said this bill provides quasi-governmental agencies multiple options in regard to exiting, staying in or slowly leaving the KRS pension system. However, Alvarado said this bill only addresses one-fifth of the KRS unfunded liability system, but legislators are hoping to provide some relief with this bill.

“This has been a problem that has been in the making for 30 years,” Alvarado said.

The bill offers the agencies a deadline of April 30, 2020, to make their decision. Alvarado said this deadline also provides legislators with the chance to propose other avenues in the 2020 regular session, which will begin in Jan.

“We feel good, a lot of work has been put into this,” Alvarado said.

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