Judge: Elliott can participate in pension board meetings

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A judge has ruled ousted Kentucky Retirement Systems board member Thomas Elliott can still participate in meetings, but he won't have a vote.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is trying to remove Elliott from the board. Elliott sued Bevin, one of several pending lawsuits testing the limits of the governor's power.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd previously ruled Elliott could temporarily vote and participate in the board's meetings pending the outcome of the case. But Elliott angered Shepherd by skipping two board meetings after the ruling.

Bevin's attorneys on Wednesday asked Shepherd to modify his ruling, questioning Elliott's commitment. Elliott said he plans to attend all future meetings and takes his role seriously.

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