In Kentucky, lawmakers’ pension information remains secret

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) _ An AP review of open-government policies in state legislatures found that many of them restrict the flow of information.

Some prevent journalists from photographing legislative proceedings, while others don’t force lawmakers to disclose personal financial information that could reveal conflicts of interest.

In Kentucky and some other states, even details about lawmakers’ pensions are kept from public view.

The public in Kentucky cannot get a comprehensive list of pension recipients and their benefits, even though state taxpayers contributed $3.3 million last year to a system that covers 343 current and former lawmakers and their beneficiaries

One state lawmaker there has called the system “far too secretive.”

Court rulings in Colorado, New York and Texas have sided with lawmakers, saying legislative pension benefits do not have to be publicly disclosed.