If the Senate amends a House bill and then passes it, a conference committee will try to work out the differences. To the teachers, I appreciate everything you do for the children. Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, R-Clearfield, said the bill offered a "false sense of security", arguing that people who committed suicide with guns were using a borrowed firearm. "It's important to every citizen of the commonwealth".
Estimates indicate that Kentucky is in a $41 billion hole with regards to funding pensions over the next 30 years. In addition, lawmakers reduced funding for bus replacement over the last 20 years, which translates to almost 3,700 buses 15 years or older on the roads.
Existing state workers in defined benefit plans would remain in those, and hazardous duty workers would keep their hybrid plans with 4 percent returns.
The bill, which passed committee with a 7-4 vote, is upsetting teachers for a variety of reasons including the fact that the bill reduces the cost-of-living raise for retired teachers from one and a half percent to one percent.
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"If we can't do it here in this small state, with our smaller legislature, to be honest with you, it's not going to happen anywhere", Providence resident Francisco Gonzalez added. Not only this, but my staff and I made additional cuts which will give all state employees 5 percent as well. "Senate bill one makes that commitment, so you folks will enjoy that pension that you richly deserve", said Bowen.
The raises are "cost of living adjustments" given annually to retired teachers, who can not receive Social Security benefits.
Carmichael and House Speaker Tim Armstead said there will be cuts associated with programs that otherwise would have received an increase.
Representatives said they are relieved to have resolved what they saw as a lingering embarrassment. "I think it's about time that we've done this - we need to take corporate money out of politics as much as possible". He also noted teachers in Kentucky do not receive Social Security payments.
Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, said the proposal "stripped" gun rights, instead of strengthening them.
Democrats said the bill is simply a "message bill" that would make immigrants feel unwelcome; Republicans questioned why any lawmaker would oppose it since the bill simply states that no locality can pass any ordinance or policy that restricts enforcement of federal immigration law.