Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Florida lawmakers vote to waive fee for freezing credit

Florida lawmakers vote to waive fee for freezing credit

The Kentucky Senate was expected to vote on Senate Bill 1 Friday, but instead sent it back to committee, a move that surprised many on both sides of the aisle. Further, non-compliance is thought to be widespread while some mandated elements, for instance, background checks for ammunition sales in the Empire State, have been on hold for years. "It does put us on a path to sustainability for our pensions and provides a good pension for those who are now retired and those in the system and creates a new hybrid cash-balance plan, much like we did in Senate Bill 2 in 2013, for future teachers", Thayer said. Those benefits are part of an inviolable contract that many, including the state's attorney general, say can not be broken.

But House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster, and House Republican Whip Kevin Bratcher, R-Louisville, said that wasn't the case.

Until Friday, Senate leadership seemed determined to do pass the bill over the objections of many, especially teachers.

At issue is a bill that would cut retirement benefits to teachers and public workers to find funding for a pension system that has an unfunded liability of more than $40 billion.

State Sen. Brandon Smith (R), whose district includes Johnson County, opposes the bill in its current form. "The legislature needs to get past any illusion that we can somehow cut our way out of the problem", Vetter added.

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But Stivers said afterward that Bowen plans to file an amendment which is technical in nature only.

"We support the bill", Fusco said. "He's just not listening, so we need to make him listen", science teacher Suzanne Sadler said, according to the Associated Press.

He expects major changes to happen, including new revenue streams considered. "So some of the ire I've received from some individuals is misplaced", she said when asked why she pulled the bill from the Senate Rules Committee. There may be changes. Barbara Bollier, a Mission Hills Republican who supported the version that passed the House. "I don't think that's our goal though, our goal is to stay in the classroom every day", explained Beckett. Her mom can be heard telling the girl, "I love you, I love you". "So I think there's probably some heartburn among the legislators from rural Kentucky".

The Legislature appears to be on track to finally pass a plan that will help patch the state's ailing roads and bridges.

This would be the first time the assembly has adjourned without a budget or convened in special session since 2014, when the House and Senate deadlocked on the proposed expansion of Medicaid during the first year of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's term.

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The measure, Senate Bill 1, would cut retired teachers' yearly cost-of-living raises from 1.5 percent to 1 percent - an attempt to address the state's poor pension system.

Gun rights groups such as Florida Carry, Students for Concealed Carry and the National Rifle Association panned most of the bill, arguing that, while lawmakers should up security in schools and tighten mental health laws to keep guns from those who shouldn't have them, steps such as raising the purchase age to 21, banning broadly defined bump stocks and expanding waiting periods are an unconstitutional attack on Second Amendment rights.

"The fight isn't over", said Sen.

Attorney General Andy Beshear released a letter two weeks ago that said the bill's provisions likely violated the contract with workers and retirees, and would likely result in lawsuits.

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