A motion filed by Governor Matt Bevin to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear from a pension reform lawsuit has been denied by a Kentucky judge. Governor Bevin filed the motion against Beshear because Bevin says Beshear disqualified himself when he gave legal advice to legislators before suing them on the same subject. Beshear filed the lawsuit, arguing the pension law violated the state constitution and it was passed illegally. A lawyer for Beshear argued he was acting within his legal capacity. The Franklin Circuit Court judge says because there is a sense of urgency in the case, he denied the motion saying Beshear acted “ethically.” A lawyer for Beshear argued he was acting within his legal capacity.
Defendants in the pension reform case are Governor Bevin, Republican House and Senate leadership, the Board of Trustees of the Teachers’ Retirement System and the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. Supporters say the pension reform law takes a step toward fixing what some consider the worst-funded state pension system in the country. It will move new teacher hires into a hybrid plan that puts less risk on the state, but doesn’t guarantee them the same benefits.