Is a special session coming?


After the decision of the Kentucky Supreme Court to throw out the pension bill due to how it was passed, there was speculation that Governor Bevin might try to get it passed again, either during the “short session” in 2019 or through calling a special session.

At the end of last week, rumors started circulating that a special session was coming. One legislator told me they had heard the Republicans were planning on it, and were “twisting arms” to get to 50 votes.

Another source was even more specific – there would be a one-day special session on December 27th, specifically to re-pass the pension bill.

I checked with various persons in Frankfort, and nothing official has been filed. So, all of this is rumor at this point. But, as one activist has said, “We just need our people to be ready for anything.”

Obviously, if we hear anything official, we’ll post it. At this point, it’s like Rachel Maddow says: “Watch this space.”


Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs ( and He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016. He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.