Pro-business and pro-life bills highlighted a fast-paced and productive first week of the 2017 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. We witnessed history as my friend Jeff Hoover was sworn in as the first Republican Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives in 95 years. With the help of the new majority in the House, we passed several bills to promote job creation, protect the rights of the unborn, and increase transparency in our legislative pensions.
The Senate passed a legislative pension transparency bill that makes the pensions and retirement information of current and former legislators available to the public upon request. We also passed the Paycheck Protection Act to ensure union workers get to keep more of their hard-earned dollars and a bill to lay out a path to put the University of Louisville back on track amidst its Board of Trustees woes. Last, but not least, the Senate passed a 20-week abortion ban that upholds the integrity of life.
Our House colleagues had a similarly busy week. They passed a pro-life bill, House Bill (HB) 2, which would require an ultrasound before having an abortion. They also passed two bills to make Kentucky more job-friendly: Right-to-Work and repealing prevailing wage on public projects, saving taxpayer money.
We worked through Saturday last week in order to ensure these bills were passed by both chambers and signed into law by Governor Matt Bevin before entering a month-long recess until session resumes on February 7. The people of Kentucky gave us a mandate in November to get our state back on track, and we hope these new laws will begin to do just that.
I was proud of the way we handled business this week and truly believe we are doing what our constituents sent us to Frankfort to do: create more Kentucky jobs and strengthen Kentucky families.
If you have any questions or comments about these issues or any other public policy issue, please call me toll-free at 1-800-372-7181 or email me at Damon.Thayer@LRC.ky.gov. You can also review the Legislature’s work online at www.lrc.ky.gov.
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