Contract to law firm to investigate former Gov. Beshear survives committee challenge

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A $500,000 contract awarded by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin to investigate his Democratic predecessor, former Gov. Steve Beshear, has survived a challenge in a state legislative committee.

Democrats on the Government Contract Review Committee failed to muster the five votes required to recommend canceling the contract, awarded to an Indiana law firm.

The committee's vote likely would not have mattered, as lawmakers can only recommend that the governor cancel the contract. Ultimately, Gov. Bevin's administration has the final decision.

Bevin announced his intention to investigate Beshear earlier this year, saying his staff had found numerous examples of corruption. The two governors have clashed over public pensions and health care policy since Bevin took office.

Democrats say the investigation will not be impartial because several of the attorneys hired have ties to the Republican Party.

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