Ky. Governor Considers Special Session on Pensions

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says he wants Kentucky lawmakers to agree on an overhaul of the state pension system during the next three weeks.

The governor says he'll call the General Assembly into a special session before June 30 to pass the changes if lawmakers can reach agreement.

Beshear met with House and Senate leaders Thursday morning to discuss his proposal to deal with the financially strapped system. Beshear's proposal calls for raising the retirement age for future state employees and requiring new employees to contribute one percent of their salaries to health insurance.

Beshear says the special session would take place the week of June 23 if lawmakers reach agreement.

Lawmakers were unable to pass a pension overhaul during the regular legislative session that ended in mid-April.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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