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Kentucky legislature forms bipartisan pension working group

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky legislative leaders have appointed a bipartisan working group to examine the state's troubled public pension system.

Kentucky has one of the worst funded public pension systems in the country. Last year, the Republican-controlled legislature passed a pension bill with no Democratic support. The state Supreme Court struck the law down in December.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin called lawmakers back in session in December to pass a version of the law again. But lawmakers adjourned without passing anything.

The new working group includes members from both parties and is a reset of sorts in pension negotiations. The panel will have its first meeting on Tuesday in Frankfort. Members include Republican Senate President Robert Stivers, House Democratic Caucus chairman Derrick Graham and GOP Rep. Travis Brenda, a high school math teacher.

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