LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 3-17-2017

Under the Dome

The legislature put in a lot of hours and moved many, many bills from chamber to chamber and to the governor's desk in just 2½ days this week. We are now in what is termed the "veto period," meaning Governor Matt Bevin must review all the legislation that has passed both chambers, and will decided whether to sign the legislation, veto it or let it become law without his signature. The legislature will return to Frankfort on Wednesday, March 29th for the final two days of this 30-day short session.

 

On Monday, the Senate Economic Development Committee took action on legislation very significant to AGC, the Public-Private Partnership (P3) clean-up bill. SB 187 was the original bill. However, with very few days remaining, the Senate took the contents of SB 187 and included it in HB 390. The revisions the Senate made included language authored by AGC to put more clarity in the bill. The Senate passed HB 390 on Tuesday, with the House concurring with the Senate on Wednesday. The bill has been delivered to the governor.

 

The other significant remaining topic for AGC member deals with Worker's Compensation. HB 296 has not been heard in the Senate Economic Development Committee. There is still plenty of time in the final two days for a hearing and full Senate vote. We will continue to watch this bill to make sure our member's interests are heard.

 

Bill Watch

Below is a list of bills AGC has been supporting this session that were passed and sent to the governor:

HB 35, public benefit corporations
HB 50, administrative regulations

HB 113, occupational licensure for military service members and veterans
HB 223, relating to interest
HB 265, overdimensional vehicle loads
HB 299, Worker's Compensation Nominating Commission
HB 378, reorganization of the Labor Cabinet
HB 390, Kentucky Arts Council (now including P3 clean-up language)
HB 473, unemployment insurance
SB 4, medial review panels
SB 128, roofing contractors
SB 182, local government procurement

The House and Senate could not agree with final language for HB 72, a planning and zoning bill of interested to several AGC members. A conference committee will be appointed to March 29th to attempt to reach agreement on a final bill.

 
 
 

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Your state senator and state representative will be back in their district until March 28th. AGC would encourage you to make contact with these elected leaders and: (1) thank them for their support of our issues so far this legislative session; and (2) encourage them to check with you and with us regarding HB 296, worker's compensation before taking a final vote. They do want to hear from you on all issues. If you are not successful at home, you can always call and leave a message for them in their Frankfort office at (800) 372-7181.

Contact us -

AGC of Kentucky is the only full time representative of the commercial construction industry in Frankfort. We take this responsibility very seriously. Please feel free to contact Ron Wolf, Director of External Relations at rwolf@agcky.org with any questions about our legislative agenda. AGC is at the Capitol every day to protect your interests.

 
 
 

 

 

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Senator Julie Raque Adams, (left) goes over the Legislative Record with Senator Alice Forgy Kerr

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Senate Judiciary Committee Vice Chair Wil Schroder

 

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Senate Education Committee Vice Chair Max Wise

 

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House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne and Representative Jody Richards in the House