Ky. Gov. Bevin administration tries to block AG Beshear from handling pension lawsuit
Gov. Matt Bevin's office filed a motion claiming Attorney General Andy Beshear has a conflict of interest in the case.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky's governor wants to disqualify the state attorney general from handling a lawsuit over the state's pension plan.
Gov. Matt Bevin's office released a statement late Tuesday that it had filed a motion claiming Attorney General Andy Beshear has a conflict of interest in the case.
Beshear's office filed a lawsuit April 11 on behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Kentucky Education Association and the Kentucky State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police.
But Bevin's general counsel Steve Pitt says in a statement that Beshear violated state attorney conduct rules by giving legal advice to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and then filing suit on its behalf.
The motion claims Beshear met with lawmakers in the General Assembly to "discuss legal options" for the pension plan.
Yet again, the Attorney General has sued Governor Bevin. This time, however, the Attorney General sued the Governor, both chambers of the General Assembly, and two executive-branch agencies. And he did this after deliberately providing the defendants legal advice in his capacity as the Commonwealth’s chief legal advisor. See KRS 15.020. The Attorney General, in other words, is suing his own clients over the very matters on which he advised them.
The Attorney General's Office says the first hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19 in Franklin Circuit Court.
The pension lawsuit claims the 291-page bill known as SB 151 was a "surprise" bill that no one had time to read before it was passed. Beshear says the way the bill was rushed through violates Kentucky law requiring new bills to receive three readings on three different days.
The suit alleges SB 151 "substantially alters and ultimately reduces the retirement benefits" of more than 200,000 members of the pension system, including teachers, police officers and firefighters.
You can read the entire motion filed by Bevin's Office below:
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