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This week was a long and slow one in regards to legislation impacting the commercial construction industry. As you will see below, there is very little to report.
Monday afternoon found very few committees meeting. However the House did act on HB272, a radon bill. AGC and the Home Builders of Kentucky teamed up on this bill to improve the current radon mitigation law as it relates to new construction. The bill passed the House 92-2 and now moves to the Senate.
Tuesday morning found members of AGC of Kentucky attending the annual Small Business Caucus breakfast at the Governor's Mansion. Governor Matt Bevin addressed the 80 attendees about the need to better allocate and spend our limited revenues. It is his desire to make Kentucky a national leader in manufacturing given our low energy rates and quality workforce. He informed the group of his plan to address comprehensive tax reform by next year. And he expressed the need and his support for HB309, our public private partnership legislation. He encouraged us to make our bill as inclusive as possible. There were no bills of interest to our industry on Tuesday in committee or for consideration in either the Senate or House.
Wednesday had a few bills of interest to AGC heard in committee. HB366, a roofing contractor bill was heard in the House Licensing & Occupations Committee. The House Labor & Industry Committee heard testimony on HB56, a worker's compensation bill as well. Both bills were passed out of each committee.
Thursday saw the Senate Education Committee discussing a workforce development bill, SCR75. This bill creates the Kentucky Workforce Oversight Taskforce addressing the present and future requirements regarding the employment needs for Kentucky businesses. The bill was passed out of committee and now heads to the full Senate for consideration. There was no action concerning our industry or small business in general on the House or Senate floor on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.
AGC has learned the Senate has some reservations concerning our comprehensive Public-Private Partnership (P3) bill, HB309. More specifically, there are some Senators who would like to remove the sections allowing for transportation P3's. AGC feels that cities, counties and the entire state have the potential of benefiting from every possible aspect of P3, including transportation projects. We ask that you call your Senator at (800) 372-7181 and ask him/her to support HB309 in its' entirety, including transportation projects. Please make your call as soon as possible. This legislation will move Kentucky forward on important investments that would create jobs and help complete necessary infrastructure projects while creating a transparent process to protect taxpayer dollars. AGC has been a supporter and a leading proponent of P3's for several years and fully endorses HB309!
Day 36 of 60 was completed on Friday. The Senate has introduced 240 bills while the House has authored 522 bills in their chamber. March 1st is the last day for the House to introduce new bills, while March 3rd is the deadline for new bill introductions in the Senate. Click on the link below to read the bills AGC is supporting:
SB3 – Right to Work
SB9 – Elimination of Prevailing Wage on Public School Projects
SB76 – Vehicle Loads
SB93 – Licensing Fees
SB94 – Ability to Opt Out of Prevailing Wage on Local Government Projects
SB105 – Elevator Mechanic Licensure
SB132 – Public Private Partnerships
SB135 – Offender Reentry
SB151 – Worker's Compensation Benefits
SCR75 – Kentucky Workforce Oversight Task Force
HB30 – Licensing Fees
HB57 – Tax Increment Financing
HB200 – Worker's Compensation Subrogation
HB216 – Kentucky Economic Development Partnership
HB225 – Occupational Licensure
HB243 – Administrative Regulations
HB265 – Postsecondary Education Capital Projects
HB292 – Limited Liability Entity Tax (LLET)
HB309 – Public Private Partnerships
HB311 – Worker's Compensation Benefits
HB324 – Taxation
HB365 – Underground Facility Protection
HB379 – Apprenticeships
HB424 – Historic Properties Tax Credits
HB471 – Plumbing
HCR97 – Kentucky Workforce Development Task Force
Please know your calls to your senators and representatives do make a difference! And they want to hear from you! We hear from legislators when they receive your calls. THANK YOU for taking the time, making the calls and letting your elected leaders know your thoughts and opinions. Call the Legislative Message Line at (800) 372-7181 and ask for your senator or representative by name. It is that simple.
AGC of Kentucky is the only Kentucky commercial building association with a full-time presence in Frankfort. We are at the Capitol each and every day the legislature is in session. If you have any questions about AGC's position on legislation, please contact Ron Wolf, Director of External Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.