Governor May Call Special Session On Pension

A spokesman for Gov. Steve Beshear says the governor is planning to meet Thursday with Kentucky General Assembly leaders to discuss the state pension system.

The governor has said he would be willing to call a special session on pensions if lawmakers had an agreement beforehand. Kentucky's state retirement system covers more than 445,000 people, including state and county employees and public school teachers.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported a possible special session could come before July 1.

Beshear spokesman Dick Brown says the governor is meeting with
legislative leaders to "discuss some proposals." The governor has a news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. dealing with pensions.

Lawmakers considered a proposed overhaul to the state retirement
system, but talks fell through before the legislature adjourned earlier this year.

House Speaker Jody Richards, a Bowling Green Democrat, said he
expects Beshear to offer a proposal for the legislature to consider
and to create a commission that would study additional retirement-related issues that remain controversial. The commission, which would be created through an executive order, could make recommendations to the 2009 General Assembly.

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