Bevin claims ‘absolute authority’ to disband state boards
Kentucky’s Republican governor said Tuesday he has "absolute authority" to disband any of the states’ nearly 400 boards and commissions as the state’s Democratic attorney general hints at possible legal action.
Gov. Matt Bevin last week abolished the board of trustees at the University of Louisville and the Kentucky Retirement Systems, only to recreate them with some new members.
Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has called Bevin’s actions "unprecedented." He has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to discuss Bevin’s decisions, potentially announcing a lawsuit against the state’s highest elected officer.
Beshear and Bevin are already in court, fighting over whether Bevin has the authority to cut $18 million from college and university budgets that were approved by the state legislature.