Statement From General Counsel Steve Pitt Regarding Pension Reform Litigation

Media Contact: Nicole Burton

FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 10, 2018) – General Counsel Steve Pitt today issued the following statement regarding an appeal of the Franklin Circuit Court's decision in the SB 151 litigation:

"It is essential that Kentucky’s public servants receive a speedy and final resolution regarding the legality of pension reform legislation (SB 151). That is why, today, we filed an appeal in the case and a motion to bypass the intermediate Court of Appeals and go straight to the Kentucky Supreme Court. Our pension system is already dangerously close to collapsing.  Without the reforms in SB 151, the system will continue to decline and remain the worst funded in the nation. These are weighty issues that will impact every Kentuckian. They must be decided by our state’s highest court and not based on the highly suspect ruling of a single judge. It is also imperative that the Supreme Court resolve the legislative process issues on which the Circuit Court based its decision, so that the General Assembly has every tool at its disposal to advance important legislative priorities.

We have requested an expedited briefing schedule to ensure that the case can move quickly, and we are confident that the Supreme Court will see that the reforms in SB 151 are not only legal, but are necessary to save Kentucky’s public pensions for current and future retirees." 

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