Friday, 14 December, 2018

Kentucky teachers rally over retirement cuts, warn of strike

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Another version of the bill will likely come back out of committee next week. It's against our rules and our policies and we encourage anyone to report immediately if they observe it or experience it...anyone guilty of sexual harassment is subject to discipline including being expelled from the body.

State legislators have had trouble the last few years passing a gambling bill due to squabbles among different gambling interests.

Teachers gathered at the bottom of the stairs outside the Senate chambers cheered wildly.

The session was punctuated by demonstrating teachers who oppose the bill and could often be heard from inside the chamber as the Senate attempted to do business. Later, he was jubilant. After sending the bill back to committee, Senate President Robert Stivers told reporters changes to the bill would be considered as it was unlikely to pass in its current state.

The governor has said he is open to discussing universal background checks, but won't say if he supports a specific bill until it is passed by the Legislature.

Kentucky teachers are protesting the proposed Senate Bill 1, a pension reform bill which could affect educator retirements. That's more than enough to combine with 37 Democrats to doom the bill.

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted 195-129 to add gender identity to the protected classes in the state's anti-discrimination law. No matter what Stivers said, pension reform appears to be in trouble.

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"They are trying to save a pension".

Jones dismissed questions about a potential state government shutdown as premature, with the current budget in effect until June 30 and new biennium beginning on July 1.

The public backlash, especially from teachers, was swift and vociferous.

By a 27-11 majority, Republicans firmly control the Senate.

Matt Robbins, superintendent of Daviess County Public Schools, said he does not support SB 1, but could support House Bill 539, a bill he said closely mirrors the "shared responsibility" plan education officials put forward previous year. At best, they thought, the governor was piling on. Requiring school districts to pay 2 percent of teacher salaries toward retirement "feels like the responsibility is being placed on retirees and. on school board and cities and counties", he said.

He woke up thinking the measure would pass, otherwise it wouldn't have been on the agenda. But this week, cracks began to appear in the Republican Senate enthusiasm for the plan, too.

So on Friday Republicans blinked and teachers cheered.

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