LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Wednesday, the Kentucky Senate Committee that now holds Senate Bill 1, the pension reform bill, will hold a hearing. It’s anticipated the plan to end The Commonwealth’s pension crisis will be facing a hearing with testimony.
Education groups are among the most anxious with some looking to testify against the plan that Kentucky lawmakers say will rescue the state pension system over a 30-year period.
It appears some organizers hope to testify, others will be in attendance and while no large-scale demonstrations are planned, you can expect an overflow audience at the Capitol.
Last fall some suggested that closing public schools so educators, administrators and staff could voice opposition.
In October the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents made headlines after Governor Matt Bevin took issue with an email from the group's president that outlined plans to close Kentucky public schools so employees could show their opposition during a special legislative session in Frankfort. A special session never materialized.
Today KASS president Doctor Tom Shelton wrote that his organization will be present at the hearing, he's not aware of any demonstrations or rallies and he claimed that the current plan violates the law.
“Such a proposed bill when considered in addition to the current budget proposal could be viewed to violate the Constitution and the Rose (KERA) decision which supports Section 183 of the Kentucky Constitution and the primary responsibility of the General Assembly to provide adequate funding for our schools,” Dr. Shelton wrote.
KEA President Stephanie Winkler hopes to testify.
“I also look forward to seeing a lot of folks there hopefully to show our displeasure with Senate Bill 1 and how it negatively impacts students and our local communities”, Stephanie Winkler said.
She knew of no demonstrations planned but is hopeful her voice will be heard as she acknowledged the battle that lies ahead.
“I think this is just one hurdle”, she said. “We still have committee hearings in the House, we have 100 representatives to talk to and we'll plan to do that and make our concerns known and hopefully the process will work.”
The committee is scheduled to meet at noon in the Capitol Annex.