But in a startling move, Senate Bill 1 elements were hidden in another bill, Senate Bill 1
"Just vote no!" They sang on Thursday. "Choose her!"
The Kentucky Education Association, which represents teachers and other education professionals, slammed the maneuver as "classic legislative bait and switch."
"It triggered all 'local provision of sewer services' language from SB151 and replaced it with many of the harmful provisions of SB1," the association stated.
The group expressed concern: "We did not see the bill, were not allowed to testify, the bill did not have the required actuarial analysis, no tax impact statement, and no tax return."
- There will be no changes in annual cost of living adjustments, which will remain at 1.5%.
- New hires need to create a hybrid cash plan in which members pay a certain amount to their account.
- Limits the number of sick leave teachers can spend on retirement.
The Republicans of Kentucky tweeted a summary of the bill.
Republican lawmakers tried to dispel concerns by saying that the bill is a compromise to save the state pension.
"I urge everyone to take a deep breath and not get involved in the discussion and exaggeration," said Senator Damon Thayer, a Republican, during the discussion. "This is good news for teachers, current, retirees and future teachers as Kentky's pension systems are on the way to sustainability."
Governor Bevin, a Republican, praised the legislators who supported the bill because they "did not put the pension problem on the streets".
But democrats and opponents of the bill disagreed. Kentucky's Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat, tweeted, "This is the worst government."
CNN's Dave Alsup contributed to this report.