AGC LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

January 9, 2017

 

            History was made this past week in several ways.  For the first time in memory, seven bills were passed in the first week by both chambers and Gov. Bevin has already signed them.  To do this, the General Assembly had to work this past Saturday.  Saturday sessions are rare.  All of these bills take effect the moment the governor signed them.With the November elections giving the House Republicans control of that chamber for the first time in 95 years, they coordinated efforts with the Senate and the Bevin administration to pass the most significant bills of importance to them.  They are:

 SB3 – legislative pension transparency

SB5 – bans abortions after 20 weeks

SB6– paycheck protection

SB12 – University of Louisville reorganization

HB1 – Right toWork

HB2 – informed consent

HB3 – prevailing wage repeal

Of these seven, three impact the commercial construction industry.  While all of our members may not agree, the AGC of Kentucky Board of Directors has long-supported these bills and is pleased with their passage:

SB6, paycheck protection, will now allow unions members to “opt in” to the services their union may provide.  Each member will have a better idea as to where their union dollars are going.

HB1, Right to Work, will prohibit mandatory membership in a union as a condition of employment.

       HB3, prevailing wage repeal, will completely eliminate prevailing wage scales on all public projects.

 The General Assembly is now on a four week recess but will return to Frankfort on Tuesday, February 7th.  They will then have 24 legislative days remaining to complete their business this short legislative session.Many senators and representatives have weekend meetings 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 the commercial construction industry and small business interests.  Should you have any questions about AGC’s position on legislation, please contact Ron Wolf, Director of External Relations, at rwolf@agcky.org.