Frankfort Inside Out - Legislative Update, March 10, 2014

With only 19 days remaining, legislators are considering over 1,200 bills and resolutions. Six bills have made it to the governor’s desk and four of those have been signed into law. The House will take up the budget this week, with plans to pass it by Wednesday.

Though all of the details have not yet emerged, public comments suggest it will not be significantly different from Gov. Beshear’s proposed budget.

Last week several measures advanced, while others faltered. The Chamber’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) legislation cleared committee. Another Chamber-supported measure, HB 467, to create a workers’ compensation notification program also advanced. Other legislation supported by the Chamber like theSmoke Free Kentucky bill and a bill to eliminate prevailing wage to save tax dollars on education projects did not fare as well. With 19 days left, the Chamber’s team is at the Capitol daily, working to advance your interests.

To keep you up to date on all of the key business legislation being discussed in Frankfort, the Chamber has significantly upgraded itsPublic Affairs website. The site now includes the bills listed below by category as well as additional information on the Chamber’s legislative priorities and a number of tools to keep you informed and connected. From each bill linked to our Legislative Tracking page, you can read more about the legislation, learn the most recent action and make your voice heard by contacting your legislators directly from that page. On crucial legislation, there is even a “Take Action” button to help you more quickly contact your legislators.

We want to know your opinion on key business issues. Take our featured poll on the main page of our Public Affairs website and tell us what you think of the proposal to raise Kentucky's minimum wage higher than our surrounding states.

Your voice makes a difference! Please take a few moments now to visit our Action Alert page. There are currently three key bills for which we need your help. Click the links below and make your voice heard!

Please join us at the Capitol Tuesday or Thursday to show support for Chamber-supported legislation. Tomorrow, our coalition of partners supporting commonsense liability reforms will rally in the Capitol Rotunda at 1:00 p.m. to support SB 119. On Thursday at noon, we will join the Kentucky Wins coalition in the Capitol to show public support for expanded gaming legislation.

Our key bill list below is color-coded to note the Chamber’s support in green or opposition in red to each measure.

Education & Workforce

SB 211 - Charter Schools Read More

HB 85 - Charter Schools Read More

SB 168 - Tenure Reform Read More

SB 169 - Tribunal Reform Read More

HB 154 - Financial Accountability Read More

HB 261 - University Bonding Authority Read More

SB 89 - Public School Standards Read More

HB 323 - Early Childhood Education Read More

SB 224 - Eliminating Academic Standards Read More

HB 215 - Eliminating Academic Standards Read More

Business Competitiveness

HB 407 - Public-Private Partnerships Read More

SB 33, HB 67 & HB 584 - Expanded Gaming Read More

SB 99 - Telecommunications Modernization Read More

SB 63, HB 504 & 557 - Workers' Comp Special Fund Read More

HB 349 - Workers' Comp Reporting Simplification Read More

HB 467 - Contractor Notification Read More

HB 301 - Small Business Tax Credits Read More

HB 308 - Attracting Data Centers Read More

HB 232 - Data Breach Notification Read More

HB 507, SB 136 & 137 - Workers' Comp Costs Read More

HB 96 - Public Construction Cost Driver Read More


HB 37 - Angel Investor Tax Credit Read More

HB 529 - Bourbon Barrel Tax Credit Read More

HB 345 - Taxpayer Fairness Read More

HB 346 - Tax Simplification Read More

SB 135 & HB 399 - Local Option Sales Tax Read More

HB 136 - LLET Tax Reform Read More

HB 493 - Tourism Tax Incentives Read More

HB 516 - Bad Debt Credits Read More

HB 559 - Small Business Tax Relief Read More

HB 220 - Tax Hikes Read More

HB 438 - Tax Bounties Read More

Legal Issues

SB 119 - Medical Review Panels Read More

SB 78 - Commonsense Property Liability Read More

SB 189 - Legal Contract Sunshine Law Read More

SB 214 - Judgment Interest Reform Read More

HB 369 - Lowered Statute of Limitations Read More

HB 304 - Good Samaritan Protections Read More

HB 148 - Increased Employer Litigation Read More

HB 335 - False Claims Act Read More

Health & Wellness

HB 173 & SB 117 - Smoke-free Kentucky Read More

SB 5 - Combatting Heroin Abuse Read More

HB 505 - Kentucky-based Exchange Read More

Labor Issues

SB 81 - Clear Contractor Guidelines Read More

HB 419 - Prevailing Wage Savings Read More

HB 496 - Kentucky Right-to-Work Law Read More

HB 1 & SB 215 - Raising the Minimum Wage Read More

HB 420 - Forced Union Apprenticeship Read More


Government Reform

HB 389 - Public Pension Audit Requirements Read More

SB 142 - Public Pension Reforms Read More

SB 83 - Improved Alcohol Laws Read More

HB 5 - Cyber Security Read More

SB 200 - Juvenile Justice Reform Read More

Energy & Environment

SB 67 & HB 52 - Nuclear Power Read More

HB 388 - Kentucky Environmental Standards Read More

SB 35 - Politicizing the Public Service Commission Read More

HB 31 - Limiting Transport of Energy Read More

HB 195 - Renewable Energy Mandate Read More

HB 241 - Increased Energy Costs Read More

HB 288 - Coal Mining Restrictions Read More

For a complete list of bills and their current status, download our complete BillTrack (PDF).


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