GLI Legislative Update: Week 5

Senate Bill 2, sponsored by Sen. Joe Bowen, is a measure to bring more transparency and oversight to the Kentucky’s retirement systems, including Kentucky Retirement System, Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System, and the Judicial Retirement System. Pension transparency has been a priority of GLI for years.

SB 2 passed the House and Senate unanimously and awaits Governor Bevin’s signature.

Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, will allow Medical Review Panels in Kentucky. MRPs will mitigate the cost of medical malpractice litigation. Medical Review Panels have been a longtime priority of GLI, limiting the exposure of health care companies to frivolous lawsuits and incentivize more health care professionals to the Commonwealth.

SB 4 passed out of the House on Wednesday, and received final passage from the Senate today and awaits Governor Bevin’s signature

Senate Bill 78, also sponsored by Sen. Alvarado, will prohibit tobacco use on school property. Students, school personnel and visitors will be prohibited from using tobacco in schools, school vehicles, properties and activities. Tobacco cessation and smoke-free workplaces are longstanding priorities of GLI.

SB 78 passed the Senate and awaits action in the House Education Committee.

Senate Bill 151, sponsored by Sen. Stephen Meredith, codifies the relationship between a franchisor and a franchisee. SB 151 provides that neither a franchisee nor an employee of a franchisee is an employee of a franchisor.  The franchise business model is a successful one that provides a path to entrepreneurship to many who otherwise would not have that opportunity and provides over 145,000 jobs in Kentucky alone.

SB 151 was reported favorably in the House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Cabinet and awaits action by the full House.

House Bill 35, sponsored by Rep. Jerry Miller, will allow a business to pursue a public benefit, in addition to profit, and enshrines a company’s mission for future generations. Public Benefit Corporations are recognized in 31 other states and allows businesses to pursue capital from a new and growing group of impact investors. GLI held a press conference in support of PBCs on Thursday and is the only chamber of commerce in Kentucky that is supportive of Public Benefit Corporations and the economic development opportunities HB 35 will create.

HB 35 was reported favorably out of the Senate Agriculture Committee and was placed on the Consent Calendar of the Senate.

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House Bill 72, also sponsored by Rep. Jerry Miller, will address the endless appeals process that opponents of development projects have used to kill economic investments in our community by requiring the post of an appeal bond by the appellant. HB 72 will deter frivolous appeals, allow legitimate cases to proceed, and make the process fair.

HB 72 was reported favorably out of the Senate State & Local Government Committee, it awaits action on the Senate Floor.

House Bill 330, sponsored by Rep. David Osborne, will give the Louisville Arena Authority more time to collect a portion of the sales and property tax revenue the area surrounding the arena. The Yum! Center is an attraction that injects a great amount of economic life into our region. By extending the time period to collect revenue from 20 years to 45 years, we make sure one of our region’s greatest venues does not default on its bond payments.

HB 330 passed the house on Monday and awaits action in the Senate

House Bill 100, sponsored by Rep. Chad McCoy, defines “vintage distilled spirits” and allows distillers to sell vintage spirits at fairs, festivals and permits sales to restaurants. GLI is supportive of this signature industry and supports the economic opportunities bourbonism brings to our region.

HB 100 passed out of the House on Monday and awaits action in the Senate Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations Committee.

House Bill 296, sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig, will address the problems facing Kentucky’s $1 billion workers’ compensation system. HB 296 clarifies how the limitation on reopening claims already in Kentucky will be applied, set an appropriate time period for filing claims on an injury that presents symptoms years after exposure and will require that treatment guidelines be developed and implemented to ensure the proper standard of care while allowing for flexibility in care for special cases. Increasing the efficiency of the system will drive employers’ cost down while improving injured workers’ access to care, and return the individual to work more quickly.

SB 296 awaits action in the Senate Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor Committee.

House Bill 410, sponsored by Rep. Jim DuPlessis, will offer Kentuckians the option to choose if their state-issued identification card will comply with enhanced federal standards that limit those with non-compliant identifications from entering certain federal facilities. GLI is supportive of HB 410.

HB 410 was reported favorably by the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee on Tuesday and awaits action on the House floor.

House Bill 520, sponsored by Rep. John Carney, will authorize the establishment of much-need charter schools in Kentucky. All of Kentucky’s students deserve a diverse array of educational opportunities, regardless of their economic standing.

HB 520 passed out of the House Education Committee and the full House today, it will head to the Senate for further action.

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