Judge blocks Bevin’s executive order abolishing commission
A Kentucky judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive order that abolished the Workers Compensation Nominating Commission and recreated a new one.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd issued the order Wednesday and said it will remain in effect until he issues a final ruling.
Kentucky’s administrative law judges decide if and how much employers have to pay workers who were hurt on the job. These judges are appointed by the governor, but Kentucky law says the governor can only appoint a judge that has been nominated by the Workers Compensation Nominating Commission. Last month -with an unprecedented six vacancies to fill – Bevin abolished that commission, rewrote the law that governed it and then re-created it with new members, all by executive order.
Two labor unions and four injured workers filed a lawsuit challenging the move.