After pension ruling, Kentucky GOP in position to try again

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky teachers are rejoicing but Republicans are despairing after the state’s Supreme Court struck down a law on procedural grounds that had made changes to one of the country’s worst-funded pension systems.

By February, those roles could be reversed.

The bill that was invalidated Thursday had little impact on current workers. But when the legislature returns to Frankfort next month, the Republican majorities in the House and Senate could try again to pass a new pension law that includes benefit cuts.

Republican Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer said he will urge lawmakers to pass a bill similar to the original proposal that would have affected current teachers.

Incoming Democratic state Rep. Tina Bojanowski is a teacher. She said she is nervous about how Republicans will respond.

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