Immediate Release: January 7, 2017
KY) – In a major victory for the future
economy of Kentucky, the General Assembly succeeded in passing four key pieces
of economic growth legislation this weekend. Right-To-Work (HB 1) and a related
bill to protect workers’ paychecks by controlling the use of payroll deduction (SB
6), repeal of the prevailing wage (HB 3), and Pension Transparency (SB 3). Each
of these bills is a current priority on GLI’s
2017 Legislative Agenda and has been for years.
thank and congratulate the Kentucky Legislature on this historic legislation,”
said Kent Oyler, President & CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. “The business
community has supported these measures for decades, and today, with strong and
decisive action, our elected leaders in Frankfort have made Kentucky far more
attractive for business attraction and expansion and the new jobs that will
HB 1 allows an employee to
decide if they would like to join a union at their place of work and provides
protection against union membership as a requirement for employment. This
piece of legislation, sponsored by House Speaker Jeff Hoover, shows a strong
commitment to business attraction, job creation, and accelerating the economy
of our Commonwealth.
SB 6, sponsored by Senate
President Robert Stivers, is a related Right-To-Work measure that will protect
employees from automatic withdrawal of union dues, and require workers to
authorize their memberships. This bill enhances employee rights.
HB 3, also sponsored by Speaker Hoover, will remove
government-determined wages on construction projects and lower the cost of
state construction projects, saving precious taxpayer dollars.
SB 3, sponsored by
Senator Chris McDaniel, guarantees pension transparency and mandates the
disclosure of benefits for all current and former elected officials. Enhanced transparency will boost confidence
in the Commonwealth’s pension systems and the tax dollars that fund them.
swift actions by both the Senate and the House is very promising in the
shortened session,” Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, Chief Operating Officer of GLI
said. “We look forward to Governor Bevin’s signature on these measures,
which he has indicated are a priority of his administration.”
mission is to accelerate the regional economy. These four pieces of new
legislation contribute to that mission by creating a far more competitive
climate to attract business and investment to Kentucky and for companies to
start and expand within the Commonwealth.
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