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Lawsuits challenging Gov. Matt Bevin's executive orders to be separated

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The fight over Governor Matt Bevin's right to reorganize the University of Louisville Board of Trustees continued, Friday, in a Frankfort courtroom. A new agreement between the two sides is having a significant impact on the case.

Originally Attorney General Andy Beshear wanted to combine the U of L case with a lawsuit he has already filed against the governor's reorganization of the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board. But in court, the two sides agreed to separate the cases. The lawsuit challenging Bevin's revamping of the U of L Board will now stand on its own.

"We did want them together initially, but you know, it became clear that the court wanted them in separate lawsuits, and on separate tracks," said Mitchel Denham, Assistant Deputy Attorney General.

"These are separate cases," said Steve Pitt, attorney for Gov. Bevin. "They're completely separate executive orders, completely separate reorganizations, and the facts and the reasoning behind both reorganizations are different."

The Attorney General wants the case heard as quickly as possible, concerned that the new U of L Board could begin to take action.

"They make important decisions for the students, the faculty and the for school overall -- and we're concerned that the decisions made will impact them, and the legality of those decisions," said Denham.

The Governor's office argues the board is legal and there's no reason it can't begin to make decisions.

"This board has been appointed," said Pitt. "I assume that if they give legal notice, they could meet, organize themselves, and take whatever action is necessary."

The Attorney General's office will refile the U of L lawsuit next Tuesday. Then the judge will decide how quickly the case will move.

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