he KLC Board of Directors named a record number of legislators as 2018 'Friend of Kentucky Cities' award winners. Eleven senators and 18 representatives will be honored this year for performing outstanding work advocating for issues that impact cities across the state.
The Kentucky League of Cities offers a unique program to schools across Kentucky. City Government Month provides a teacher created and approved civics lesson plan, along with various other tools for teachers and parents. It also asks city leaders to participate in teaching elementary school students about their local government.
A bipartisan group of legislators have formed a group to draft and file legislation in the House and Senate that would legalize sports betting in Kentucky.
One week after a lengthy hearing in the lawsuit over the state's new pension bill, lawyers for Governor Matt Bevin have filed an amended complaint. It asks the judge to rule that the pension bill and others passed in the 2018 session, including the bill that provides for a phase-in of CERS employer contribution rates, do not have to be read out loud three times in order to be valid.
The Interim Joint Committee on Education heard from KLC Senior Law Enforcement Liaison Mark Filburn and others on what Kentucky legislators and communities can do to improve school safety in the state.
The Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees approved a new investment approach for CERS that pulls away from growth funds, even though they have outperformed fixed income funds over the past five years. They also talked about a study that's underway into assumption rates for all KRS plans.
KLC responded to a letter the governor's budget director sent to city officials warning that a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the state's new pension law poses a threat to the law providing a phase-in of CERS employer contribution rates.
The first meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Transportation brought a dire message from the Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. He outlined a five-year forecast that leaves a lot of projects underfunded if the state doesn't act to change the way transportation infrastructure is paid for in Kentucky.
The Public Pension Oversight Board held its first meeting Monday since the end of the 2018 Regular Session. Chairman Joe Bowen reported that efforts are underway to form the subcommittee, required by law, to study the possibility of separating the County Employees Retirement System from Kentucky Retirement Systems.
House Bill 324, sponsored by Representative Diane Murray St Onge, was a KLC initiative that prohibits the use of a drone over a city's key infrastructure assets. Wednesday, Governor Matt Bevin held a ceremonial signing of the bill.
The Kentucky League of Cities joined dozens of other supporters and legislators Friday morning for the ceremonial signing of House Bill 400. The KLC-supported bill allows distilleries, small-farm wineries and retail package license holders to ship limited quantities of product directly to consumers.
Governor Bevin's general counsel had a letter delivered to Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd on Wednesday that asked the judge to recuse himself from hearing the lawsuit filed against the governor and legislative leadership over the new pension law. The judge denied the request.