A Kentucky judge is set to hold a hearing as soon as possible, potentially today, on the legality of Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s controversial reorganization of a state worker’s compensation panel. The judge expressed disappointment Monday that attorneys for the Republican governor and unions that have sued over Bevin’s executive order to change the Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission could not work out an agreement. The reorganized and newly named Workers’ Compensation Nominating Committee nominates to the governor Kentucky’s administrative law judges. Last month, with six vacancies to fill, Bevin abolished the commission, rewrote the law that governed it and then re-created it with new members, all by executive order. He has employed a similar tactic with several state boards and commissions.
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