Activity concerning the commercial construction industry was minimal this past week at the Capitol. There were very few bills of interest to AGC that received committee action and no bills were voted on the floor in either chamber. We do anticipate the activity level to improve next week with several bills up for debate in several committees. Stay tuned.
P3 UPDATE. AGC has communicated with the Senate leadership and Senate members about our desire to keep the transportation sections in HB309, our public-private partnership legislation. Rep. Leslie Combs (D-Pikeville) is the sponsor and has championed this effort for the past three years. Sen. Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) is a new P3 advocate in the Senate this year with his sponsorship of SB132. For the past four years AGC has supported P3 legislation with the goal of enacting a comprehensive bill that will include transportation, infrastructure, buildings and other creative ideas and needs for the state, cities, counties and universities to consider and enact. This bill also creates a transparent process to allow for P3 projects while protecting taxpayer dollars. HB309 is the major jobs creation and economic development bill this session in the Kentucky General Assembly. We ask that you call Sen. Max Wise at (800) 372-7181 and ask him to support HB309 with the transportation sections and to encourage him to communicate with Senate leadership to move this bill as well.
We are just over two-thirds of the way through this year's session, having completed the 41st legislative day on Friday. Also, this past week was the deadline to introduce new bills. This year the Senate has introduced 309 bills in their chamber while the House has sponsored 632 bills. 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
Many senators and representatives have weekend meeting in their home legislative districts. Some of these are Saturday morning coffee sessions. Others are held in conjunction with a local chamber of commerce or other business or civic group. We would encourage you to attend these gatherings if your schedule will allow. If you are unable to attend these opportunities and have items to discuss with your elected officials, you may call them Monday through Friday at (800) 372-7181 and ask for your representative or senator by name. They always enjoy hearing from their constituents.
Being at the Capitol every day during this legislative session, AGC is watching out for small business interests and the commercial construction industry. Should you have any questions about AGC's position on legislation, please contact Ron Wolf, Director of External Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.