From The Lexington Herald-Leader: Defying Bevin, legislature to hear pension bills from Democrats and Republicans

By JOHN CHEVES and JACK BRAMMER

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin wanted the special legislative session he called this week to consider only his own proposed changes to the state pension system. Lawmakers had other ideas when they convened Friday morning.

The Republican-controlled Kentucky House referred three bills to a committee hearing Saturday — Bevin’s plan and two Democratic alternatives. Bevin’s detailed, five-page call for the special session was narrowly tailored, instructing the General Assembly to consider the one pension bill that he favored.

However, GOP legislative leaders said setting their agenda is their prerogative.

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