Bevin brief filed in appeal of pension lawsuit

Bevin brief filed in appeal of pension lawsuit
Rep. Jeff Hoover (L) and Gov. Matt Bevin (R) in happier times.

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Attorneys for Governor Matt Bevin have filed a brief in the appeal of a lawsuit brought by Attorney General Andy Beshear to strike down changes to the state's struggling retirement systems.

The 100-page brief was filed Monday. In it, Bevin argues the urgency of the provisions of the bill passed by the General Assembly in April, calling pension debt "a lead weight pulling the Commonwealth down into the depths of insolvency."

Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd struck down the law in June on procedural grounds, and it was directly appealed to the state Supreme Court. Oral arguments are scheduled for Sept. 20. Beshear's reply brief is due Sept. 10.

Bevin argues that the bill was passed in a common and constitutional manner and Shepherd's ruling must be overturned.

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