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Former AG Jack Conway’s Opinion Supports Gov. Bevin’s Power to Reorganize U of L Board

Former AG Jack Conway’s Opinion Supports Gov. Bevin’s Power to Reorganize U of L Board

Bill Stephens

June 24th, 2016

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 24, 2016) – Yesterday, Attorney General Andy Beshear again referred to the reorganization of the University of Louisville Board as “illegal.” Yet, just eight months ago, his predecessor Attorney General Jack Conway issued a legal opinion that completely contradicts his assertion and acknowledges Gov. Matt Bevin’s power to reorganize the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees under KRS 12.028.

Conway’s opinion clearly states, “KRS 12.028(1) specifies that these reorganizations ‘may include the creation, alteration or abolition of any organizational unit or administrative body.’ The Governor thus has the authority to reorganize the [University of Louisville] Board…”

“Attorney General Andy Beshear should admit he is wrong,” said Gov. Bevin’s Press Secretary Amanda Stamper. “He has disregarded a recent legal opinion from his own office on this very issue. Attorney General Beshear should stop putting politics above the law and drop his frivolous, irresponsible lawsuit.”

KRS 12.028 has been used 357 times in the past 25 years to reorganize administrative bodies, including 103 times during former Governor Steve Beshear’s eight years as governor.

Please find a copy of the Attorney General’s complete below (pp. 5-6).

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