News Release: Kentucky Institute’s Center for Open Government prevails in circuit court dispute regarding House’s secret pension meeting

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) — A Franklin Circuit Court judge has ruled in favor of the Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government’s claim that the Kentucky House of Representatives illegally conducted a closed meeting to discuss public pension reform.

Judge Thomas D. Wingate rejected the House’s claim that a closed meeting of a quorum of members last summer to discuss a report issued by PFM, the consultant charged with evaluating the state’s retirement systems, was authorized under an exception to the Open Meetings Act for legislative committees other than standing committees.

The Center for Open Government is represented in the case by Louisville attorney William Sharp and former Kentucky Assistant Attorney General Amye Bensenhaver, an open government advocate. Read more…