Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has called the General Assembly into a special legislative session to deal with pension reform for state employees.

Beshear signed an order Tuesday that calls lawmakers back to Frankfort on June 23. The governor previously said he would call lawmakers back to the Capitol if leaders agreed on a plan to shore up the state's financially unstable pension system.

Beshear says in the order there is an "immediate need to protect the retirement of current employees and modernize the pension system to ensure a financially sound and sustainable retirement program for future employees."