Brent Yonts

Politics
4:35 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Yonts in Line for Key Position in Kentucky Legislature

Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville (left), speaks with Rep. Rick Nelson, D-Middlesboro, in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
Credit Kentucky LRC

Democratic state Representative Brent Yonts of Greenville could be in line to become the next chairman of the House State Government Committee, a key post with the legislature working to find a way to restore solvency to the pension program for government retirees in Kentucky.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he intends to nominate Yonts for the position and that he considers Yonts a front runner.

Lawmakers have been trying to find a way to erase a $33 billion unfunded liability in the pension system. A legislative task force that spent months studying the issue recommended pumping in more money without saying where that money would come from.

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