Alice Forgy Kerr

Tensions rise as Kentucky lawmakers consider pension changes

A Republican state senator in Kentucky's legislature sponsored a bill this year she thought everyone would like: Make pharmacists tell patients how important it is to destroy unused prescription opioids.

The bill was supposed to come up for a vote Tuesday. But Friday, Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr told Republican leaders she would vote against a bill that would temporarily cut pension benefits for some retired teachers. By Tuesday morning, Kerr's pharmacy bill had been pulled from the schedule.

"God help us," Kerr wrote in a Facebook post that has been verified by The Associated Press. "My own leadership retaliated by turning their backs on the war on...

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