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The pace was much more active this week at the Capitol. Just about every committee in the House and Senate met, heard numerous bills, made adjustments to many, and sent them to the floor of their respective chambers. And several bills were passed out of their chamber and sent to the other end of the Capitol for consideration in that chamber.
During the hustle and bustle of all this legislative activity, the AGC Construction Leader Council took in several committee meetings. They first met with House Economic Development and Workforce Investment chair Rep. Jim DeCesare to learn of bills of interest in his committee. Their next meeting was with Appropriations and Revenue chairs Sen. Chris McDaniel and Rep. Steven Rudy to get their perspective of the state budget and the financial needs and demands of the state. They participated in a ceremonial bill signing with Gov. Matt Bevin and then watch the House of Representative from the gallery. They witnessed the legislative process first-hand. It was a pleasure to have the next generation of commercial construction leaders in Frankfort.
Here is a list of bills AGC of Kentucky is supporting:
HB 62, KEES money to be used in registered apprenticeship programs
HB 72, appeal bonds
HB 113, occupational licensure for military service members and veterans
HB 223, reduces the interest rate on worker’s comp judgements from 12% to 6%
HB 278, Master HVAC license of a recently deceased owner
SB 4, medical review panels
If you have an opportunity to talk with your representative or senator at home, please let them know AGC is supportive of these bills. If it is easier for you to call them in Frankfort, they may be reached at (800) 372-7181 and ask for your senator and representative by name.
So far this year, the Senate has introduced 253 bills with 540 bills being filed in the House. Some of these are beneficial to our members while others are detrimental. No new bills may be introduced after this week. However, bills can always be amended. AGC watches every bill every day to make sure nothing harmful to our membership will be considered.
We take very seriously our mission of representing our membership to the Kentucky General Assembly. AGC of Kentucky is the only commercial construction entity with full-time representation every day at the Capitol. We advocate on your behalf. Should you have any questions about AGC’s position on any legislation, please contact Ron Wolf, Director of External Relations, at email@example.com.