Kentucky governor's pension plan passes state House

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's pension-relief proposal has narrowly passed the state House after a more than three-hour debate as a midsummer special legislative session continues.

The Kentucky House passed Gov. Bevin's pension plan 52-46. (Hillary Thornton/WKYT)

The 52-46 vote Monday was a pivotal test for Bevin's plan to assist regional universities and quasi-governmental entities strapped by surging retirement costs. Those agencies include public health departments, community mental health centers and domestic violence shelters.

The bill's lead sponsor, Rep. James Tipton, predicted that the bill would pass by a slim margin in the Republican-led House.

The measure now goes to the GOP-dominated Senate. A Senate committee is expected to take up the bill Tuesday, and the full Senate could vote on it Wednesday.

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The legislation is House Bill 1.