- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Latest on the fight for control of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees (all times local):

5 p.m.

University of Louisville trustees have delayed taking action on the school’s new budget and tuition rates as well as the status of embattled campus President James Ramsey.

The school’s Board of Trustees convened a special meeting on Thursday. Ramsey offered his resignation when the new board met for the first time last week.

Board Chairman Junior Bridgeman told reporters on Thursday that he hopes trustees take action on Ramsey’s resignation offer at their next meeting.

He says the board has not discussed a potential buyout of Ramsey’s contract.

Trustees on Thursday reviewed the school’s spending plan for the upcoming academic year, but Bridgeman says the new board needs more time to review it before voting.

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2:20 p.m.

A state judge says it is problematic for Kentucky’s Republican governor to abolish and replace the University of Louisville’s board of trustees because it threatens the institution’s independence.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said he is concerned that the type of unilateral power Bevin is claiming violates state law requiring public universities to be independent. Shepherd’s comments came during a court hearing where Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear asked him to temporarily block Bevin’s orders from taking effect.

Bevin attorney Steve Pitt argued Bevin has not removed anyone from the university board. He says Bevin’s order temporarily creates a new board to govern the university. He says the state legislature has the final say on Bevin’s order and will review it when it reconvenes in January.

Shepherd said he would rule on Beshear’s request soon.

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10 a.m.

A state judge says Kentucky’s Democratic Attorney General can sue the state’s Republican governor over his decision to abolish the University of Louisville board of trustees.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin abolished the board and replaced all of its members last month, saying the university needed a “fresh start.” Attorney General Andy Beshear sued Bevin, saying the governor’s order is illegal.

But last year, former Attorney General Jack Conway issued an advisory opinion saying the governor does have the authority to reorganize the university’s board. Chad Meredith, one of Bevin’s attorneys, argued Beshear’s lawsuit directly contradicts that opinion and violates the state’s code of ethics for attorneys.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Thursday morning there was no basis to disqualify the attorney general’s office from suing the governor.

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2:45 a.m.

The newly created University of Louisville board of trustees has called a special meeting on the same day a judge is scheduled to hold a hearing about whether the new board is legal.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin replaced the board with an executive order last month. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued him, arguing the order was illegal. Thursday, Beshear will ask a state judge to block Bevin’s order. It is one of three pending lawsuits pitting Beshear against Bevin.

The new board held its first meeting last week. President James Ramsey offered his resignation, but the board did not act on it. Thursday’s agenda includes the budget and tuition and a closed session to discuss possible litigation and “a business proposal.”


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