More on the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) Board of Trustees:
Since I am concentrating on the Kentucky Retirement Systems I am not going to comment on what the Deputy Secretary of the Executive Cabinet and Secretary of the Personnel Cabinet knew or should have known about the indicted Governor Ernie Fletcher’s abuse of the merit system.
Brian J. Crall the Secretary of the Personnel Cabinet and is an ex officio member of the Board. In essence he is Fletcher's fourth appointee to the KRS Board. Crall has also been a member of the Board of Directors of MainSource Financial Group since May 25, 2005.
Prior to being Secretary of the Personnel Cabinet Crall was Deputy Secretary of the Executive Cabinet, Office of the Governor. He held this position from April 2004 until June 2006.
Mr. Crall also served as CEO of the Owensboro Family YMCA from November 1986 until June 2000, CEO of Progress Printing Company from July 2000 until April 2004, and was the 13th District State Representative in the state of Kentucky from January 1995 until April 2004.
As a state Representative, Crall supported legislation to close down the KRS Defined Benefit plan, at least to new employees, and replace it with a Defined Contribution plan. Most of Crall’s other legislative efforts generally followed the Right Wing Republican agenda.
Same Sex Marriage
HB 13 (BR 143) - S. Baugh, L. Brandstetter, K. Bratcher, J. Bruce, S. Cave, P. Clark, R. Cox, B. Crall, R. Crimm, R. Damron, D. Ford, K. Hogancamp, T. Kerr, A. Maricle, L. Napier, B. Polston, J. Reinhardt, J. Stewart, K. Stine, M. Treesh, C. Walton
AN ACT relating to marriage. Create a new section of KRS Chapter 402 to render a same sex marriage, which occurs in a foreign jurisdiction, void and unenforceable in Kentucky; amend KRS 402.020 to prohibit same sex marriage in Kentucky; amend KRS 402.040 to make invalid a same sex marriage involving a resident of Kentucky who marries in another state; amend KRS 402.030, 402.210, and 402.260 to conform.
AN ACT relating to crimes and punishments. Amend KRS 507.010 to include an unborn child in utero in the definition of human being and person; exclude doctors performing abortions as defined in KRS 311.720.
HB 293 (BR 961) - T. Kerr, Ro. Adams, S. Baugh, L. Brandstetter, K. Bratcher, S. Cave, P. Clark, B. Crall, R. Crimm, D. Ford, B. Heleringer, K. Hogancamp, J. Hoover, P. Marcotte, R. Murgatroyd, J. Reinhardt, A. Simpson, K. Stine, M. Treesh, J. Vincent, C. Walton
AN ACT relating to wrongful death actions. Amend KRS 411.130 to allow for prosecution of wrongful death action for an unborn child in utero without regard to stage of gestation; amend KRS 411.135 to conform; create new section of KRS Chapter 411 to exempt physicians and pregnant women from prosecution under certain circumstances.
HB 408 (BR 1518) - K. Hogancamp, Ro. Adams, H. Anderson, A. Arnold, S. Baugh, L. Brandstetter, K. Bratcher, J. Bruce, Dw. Butler, J. Callahan, S. Cave, P. Clark, B. Colter, R. Cox, B. Crall, R. Crimm, R. Damron, D. Ford, J. Gooch, J. Haydon, B. Heleringer, J. Hoover, T. Kerr, P. Marcotte, A. Maricle, C. Miller, R. Murgatroyd, L. Napier, T. Pope, M. Rader, C. Ratliff, J. Reinhardt, A. Simpson, D. Sims, J. Stewart, K. Stine, R. Thomas, M. Treesh, J. Vincent, C. Walton, J. Wayne, M. Weaver, R. Wilkey, J. Zimmerman
AN ACT relating to abortion. Amend KRS 311.720 to establish the definitions of "partial-birth abortion" and "vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus"; create a new section of KRS 311.710 to 311.820 to criminalize partial-birth abortion; amend KRS 311.595 to permit the suspension or revocation of a license to practice medicine held by a physician who performs a partial-birth abortion; amend KRS 311.990 to establish a crime of a Class D felony for a physician who performs a partial-birth abortion; establish the defense that the partial-birth abortion was necessary to save the life of the mother; prohibit the prosecution of the woman upon whom the partial-birth abortion is performed; require that any person, other than a physician, who performs a partial-birth abortion, shall not be prosecuted under the Act but shall be prosecuted under the provisions of law which prohibit any person, other than a physician, from performing an abortion.
Private School Vouchers
HB 533/FN (BR 1537) - B. Heleringer, W. Allen, H. Anderson, J. Arnold Jr., A. Arnold, S. Baugh, L. Brandstetter, M. Brown, J. Bruce, T. Burch, De. Butler, Dw. Butler, S. Cave, P. Clark, R. Cox, B. Crall, R. Crimm, D. Ford, W. Gee, J. Haydon, K. Hogancamp, J. Hoover, D. Horlander, J. Jenkins, S. Johns, T. Kerr, M. Long, P. Marcotte, A. Maricle, V. Miniard Jr, R. Murgatroyd, L. Napier, S. Nunn, B. Polston, M. Rader, J. Reinhardt, W. Scott, J. Stewart, K. Stine, C. Walton, J. Wayne, M. Weaver, P. Worthington
AN ACT relating to individual income tax. Create a new section of KRS Chapter 141 to provide for taxpayers with adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less a $500 tax credit if a dependent attends an elementary or secondary parochial or private school; effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 1997.
Of course his most impressive effort was pretty rock solid, we all know every state needs an official state hydroflurocarbon.
AN ACT relating to the designation of the official rock of Kentucky. Create a new section of KRS Chapter 2 to designate Kentucky agate the official rock of Kentucky.
HB 123 - AMENDMENTS
HFA (1, B. Crall) - Designate coal as the official state fossil fuel; designate agate as the official state mineral, rather than coal; and designate limestone as the official state rock, rather than agate.
HFA (2, B. Crall) - Designate coal as the official state hydroflurocarbon; designate agate as the official state mineral, rather than coal; and designate limestone as the official state rock, rather than agate
Crall also wanted to reduce the retirement benefits of retired state employees that had been reemployed by the Commonwealth. He sought an Attorney General’s opinion on the legality of such an action.
Representative Crall has asked us to determine whether the General Assembly can retrospectively prohibit the practice known as "double dipping." It is our opinion that a retroactive amendment to KRS 61.637(7) (a) would "impair the obligations" of the "inviolable contract" of the Commonwealth created by KRS 61.510 to 61.705 thereby interfering with the vested rights of current members of the Kentucky Retirement Systems in violation of both the Contract Clause of the United States Constitution and its state counterpart, Section 19 of the Kentucky Constitution. Because any attempt by the General Assembly to suspend or reduce the benefits of those members whose rights have vested upon their reemployment would be unconstitutional, we conclude that the General Assembly can only prohibit "double dipping" on a prospective basis, if at all.
Crall as Personnel Secretary also supported the questionable appointment of Jeff Taylor to the Murray State Board of Regents.
Despite a legal dispute about the opening and more questions about the nominating process, Gov. Ernie Fletcher appointed Court of Appeals Judge Jeff Taylor of Owensboro to Murray State's Board of Regents late Friday afternoon.
Looking a Crall’s record he appears to be more interested in politics and his personal gain than the interest of Kentucky government retirees.