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Fri Dec 1, 2017, 04:35 AM

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and there's still no revised pension bill

Frankfort -- Christmas decorations have started going up in the Kentucky Capitol but House Republicans still haven’t settled on a bill to overhaul the state’s ailing public pension systems.

“We have a plan that we were able to talk about in here today that literally I think everybody wants to try and and get their arms around,” House Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne said Tuesday after emerging from a nearly two and a half hour meeting of House Republicans. “Certainly building consensus is difficult, as we’ve seen in this process, it’s a very difficult issue for everybody. And so to get a consensus that everybody’s gonna just love, I think we’re awfully close to having something that people feel good about.”

Close might not be enough. Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, remains insistent that he will call a special legislative session before the end of the year to deal with one of the worst-funded pension systems in the country.

Despite a legislative body that doesn’t support his original pension reform bill and a sexual harassment scandal that derailed discussions in early November, Bevin said in an interview with Terry Meiners on WHAS radio last week that he has full confidence the legislature will be ready for a special session in December.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article186945898.html

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