Release: Legislative Outcomes: Obstacles & Opportunities for Business in 2016

Just a few short weeks ago, the legislature adjourned sin die until next year and the Governor signed into law the final pieces of legislation passed in the 2016 General Assembly. By all accounts, this was a great year for business.

In the ensuing weeks, GLI staff and partner organizations across the region have taken to analyzing the legislation that has passed and distilling it into a short report that we call Legislative Outcomes: Obstacles & Opportunities for Business in 2016. In this document, we leverage the policies and the data to analyze what passed, what didn’t, and how it will affect businesses in the Greater Louisville region.

We hope that you will take a few minutes to look through and appreciate all that was accomplished by our advocacy team. It is humbling to look back and see the importance of a strong voice for business in Frankfort.

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Legislative Update: No Budget as Legislature Enters Veto Period

With only one legislative day remaining in the 2016 Session of the General Assembly, here is what you need to know.

  1. Recess Begins – The General Assembly utilized Day 59 of 60 allowed for this regular session on Friday. The House and Senate both adjourned, commencing the Veto Recess, a period of time when legislators return home while the Governor considers vetoing any legislation. Both chambers set their return date from the veto recess for April 12th at 11:00 a.m., when the General Assembly will convene for the final day of the 2016 Regular legislative session.
  2. Budget Unresolved – A stalemate over pension funding via cuts to state universities led House and Senate budget conferees to head into the Veto Recess without an agreement on a new two-year spending plan. The House Democrats feel strongly that state universities should be exempt from the Governor’s proposed cuts of 4.5% in FY16, 9% in FY17, and 9% in FY18. The Senate Republicans and the Governor feel strongly that more money needs to be put into shoring up the state’s underfunded public pension plans, and that those additional funds should come from the cuts to postsecondary education. There is still time for the House and Senate to broker an agreement on the budget before lawmakers adjourn sine die, but currently that seems unlikely
  3. Felony Expungement PassesHouse Bill 40, filed by Louisville Representative Darryl Owens, will allow for the expungement of 61 non-violent class D felonies while requiring a 5-year waiting period and providing protections for employers. The bill received final passage last week and is now on the Governor’s desk. This is a critical workforce issue for GLI that was addressed by the General Assembly last week.
  4. School Leadership Passes – One of the key education issues for Louisville and JCPS for the 2016 Session was giving superintendents more flexibility in selection of principals within school districts. House Bill 184, sponsored by Louisville Delegation Chair Jeff Donohue, received final passage last week and is now on the Governor’s desk. GLI appreciates the passage of this important bill.
  5. Bringing Pharmacy Jobs to KentuckyHouse Bill 527, filed by Rep. Tom Burch and co-sponsored by Rep. Jerry Miller, will allow for mail order pharmacies to operate in the Commonwealth. It received final passage this week and is on the Governor’s desk. GLI played a critical leadership role in promoting this legislation, including testifying in committee. This change in the law will create jobs by allowing one of GLI’s members to create a pharmacy hub in Louisville. We appreciate the bi-partisan leadership demonstrated by Rep. Burch, Rep. Miller, and Sen. Julie Raque Adams.
  6. Distillery Modernization Passes – GLI has consistently supported placing the distilled spirits industry on equal footing with wineries and breweries in the Commonwealth. Senate Bill 11 is an omnibus clean-up of various alcohol-related issues, including allowing Kentucky’s distilleries to sell their products by the drink. The bill received final passage and is now on the Governor’s desk.

GLI has a comprehensive legislative agenda for 2016. Below is an update on some of the bills from the agenda:

Key Bills Moving Forward Last Week

Distillery Modernization – GLI supports placing the distilled spirits industry on equal footing with wineries and breweries in the Commonwealth. Two key bills of interest:

  • House Bill 433House Licensing & Occupations – Focuses specifically on clean-up of distilled spirits issues, was filed with 41 members of the House signing on as co-sponsors.
  • Senate Bill 11Delivered to Governor – Is an omnibus clean-up of various alcohol-related issues, including the distillery issues in HB 433.

Educational Reciprocity

  • Senate Bill 140Delivered to Governor – Filed by Sen. Max Wise, would allow the Council on Postsecondary Education to enter into reciprocity agreements with institutions in other states to provide distance education to Kentucky residents. GLI is supportive of this bill.

Felony Expungement – This is a critical workforce issue for GLI.

  • House Bill 40Delivered to Governor – Filed by Louisville Representative Daryl Owens, would allow for the expungement of some non-violent class D felonies. Requires a 5 year waiting period.
  • Senate Bill 298 Senate Judiciary – Filed by Senate President Robert Stivers, is the Senate’s expungement bill. The bill exempts very specific felonies and requires a 10 year waiting period.

Kentucky Economic Development Partnership

  • House Bill 216Delivered to Governor – Filed by Rep. Mike Denham, would add the chairperson of the Commission on Small Business Advocacy and a representative from the NFIB/Kentucky to the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership. GLI supports this measure.

Pensions
There were several bills of interest that moved last week:

  • Senate Bill 2House Orders of the Day – Sen. Bowen’s bill would make the pension systems more transparent and accountable.
  • House Bill 1Senate Appropriations & Revenue – filed by Speaker Stumbo, would implement a four-year phase in of the legislature paying the full actuarially required contribution (ARC) to KTRS, declares an emergency. HB 1 originally would have bonded $3.3 billion to shore up KTRS but was amended to remove the original language.
  • House Bill 271Signed by Governor – Rep. Jerry Miller’s bill requires benefit information to be disclosed by the retirement systems.
  • Senate Bill 45House Orders of the Day – Sen. McDaniel’s bill requires disclosure of information related to pensions of current and former members of the legislature.
  • House Bill 238Passed Senate, Sent to House for Concurrence – Rep. Yonts’ bill requires the Public Pension Oversight Board to hire their own actuary to do an actuarial audit of the state-administered retirement systems at least every 10 years and review the retirement system’s budget requests every two years.

Pharmacy Administration

  • House Bill 527 Delivered to Governor – Filed by Rep. Tom Burch and co-sponsored by Rep. Jerry Miller, would amend Kentucky’s pharmacy law to allow pharmacies to perform administrative activities outside of a licensed pharmacy in the United States, while protecting patients’ interests by keeping activities related to the evaluation and implementation of drug orders, including dispensing activities, inside licensed pharmacies. GLI has been a driving force behind this legislation.

Public-Private Partnerships (P3)

  • House Bill 309Delivered to Governor – Sponsored by Rep. Leslie Combs, it would allow for P3s as a critical tool for the Commonwealth accomplishing economic development projects in cooperation with private industry. GLI supports allowing P3s in Kentucky.
  • Senate Bill 132 – Senate Economic Development – Sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, is the Senate companion bill to HB 309.

Radon Mitigation

  • House Bill 272Delivered to Governor – Filed by Rep. Tommy Thompson, would exempt residential building contractors installing vent pipes from radon mitigation certification requirements, making Kentucky contractors more competitive and efficient. GLI supports this legislation.

School Leadership

  • House Bill 184 Delivered to Governor – Sponsored by Louisville Delegation Chair Jeff Donohue, is one of the key education issues for Louisville and JCPS for the 2016 Session is to give superintendents more flexibility in selection of principals within school districts. GLI is a proponent of this legislation.

Vacant & Abandoned Properties – GLI supports efforts by local governments and developers to return vacant and abandoned properties to productive use and the tax rolls. There are two bills of note:

  • Senate Bill 229Senate State & Local Government – Filed by Sens. Morgan McGarvey, Julie Raque Adams, and Denise Harper Angel, would expand the abilities of land bank authorities to hold, renovate, and lease vacant and abandoned properties if a satisfactory bid is not made at auction.
  • Senate Bill 230Delivered to Governor – Filed by Sens. Morgan McGarvey, Julie Raque Adams, and Dan Seum, would expand local government authority to make spot condemnations and more quickly return vacant, abandoned, and blighted properties to productive use.

Key Bills

Business & Non-Profit Regulation

  • House Bill 367Senate Appropriations & Revenue – Filed by Speaker Pro Tem Jody Richards, would make technical changes to modernize the current laws governing Kentucky’s nonprofit sector and would exempt veteran-owned businesses from paying certain filing fees to the Secretary of State.

Education Standards – Two key bills of interest on education standards:

  • Senate Bill 1House Education – SB 1 is an omnibus education reform proposal that will set up a process for reviewing the state’s education standards and aligning them with the assessment and accountability system.
  • Senate Bill 210 & House Bill 553Senate & House Education – SB 210 & HB 553 would repeal and replace Kentucky’s current academic standards, which would be an inefficient use of dollars and time for our teachers. GLI is opposed to SB 210 & HB 553.

Encourage Computer Science in Schools

  • Senate Bill 107House Education – Would encourage the development of more computer science programs in local schools. GLI supports this legislation.

Expanded Gaming

  • Senate Bill 144Senate Veterans – Sponsored by Sen. Morgan McGarvey and Sen. Julie Raque Adams, this is a constitutional amendment legalizing casino gaming and dedicating 90% of the proceeds to Kentucky’s public employee pensions. GLI took a leadership role in support of this measure.

Franchises

  • Senate Bill 198House Labor & Industry – This legislation filed by Sen. Wil Schroder, would provide that neither a franchisee nor an employee of a franchisee shall be deemed to be an employee of the franchisor for purposes of wage and hour laws, occupational safety laws, unemployment laws, and workers comp laws. GLI supports this bill.

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurship

  • Senate Bill 296House Floor – Filed by Sen. Chris McDaniel, would establish the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurship under the Education & Workforce Cabinet and make a General Fund appropriation.

Historic Preservation Tax Credits

  • House Bill 424House Appropriations & Revenue – Filed by Co-Chairman Rick Rand, would raise the program cap for commercial projects below $3 million in qualified expenditures to $9 million and the per project cap to $900,000; establish a $1 million program cap for residential projects; and create a new incentive for “catalytic commercial projects” above $3 million in qualified expenditures.

Justice Reform

  • House Bill 412 Senate Judiciary – would create a new category of misdemeanor as well as implement additional reforms that would streamline the redemption process for non-violent felons. GLI supports a smarter, more cost-effective approach to criminal justice.

KEES for Dual Credit

  • Senate Bill 127Senate Appropriations & Revenue – This legislation would allow Kentucky students to use their KEES scholarships for dual credit courses while they are still in high school. GLI is supportive of SB 127.

Kentucky Preference in Procurement

  • House Bill 227House State Government – Filed by Rep. Jeff Donohue, would give a preference in state procurement to products made in Kentucky regardless of cost or availability. GLI is concerned this bill could lead to increased costs.

Landlord Liability

  • Senate Bill 68House Judiciary – Would correct a 2012 KY Supreme Court ruling that made a landlord strictly liable for the actions of a tenant’s dog. GLI will be pushing for its consideration.

Lawn Service Workers Comp Exemption

  • House Bill 56House Floor – Rep. Myron Dossett includes lawn services to the list of exemptions from workers’ compensation on a private home for not more than 20 days.

LIFT – These two bills deal directly with GLI’s top legislative priority:

  • House Bill 374Senate Appropriations & Revenue – The LIFT enabling legislation was filed by Rep. Tommy Thompson.
  • House Bill 2Senate Appropriations & Revenue – Filed by Speaker Stumbo and Minority Leader Hoover, the constitutional amendment would allow for a local option sales tax.

Limited Liability Entity Tax

  • House Bill 292House Appropriations & Revenue – Filed by Rep. Brent Yonts, would expand the definition of “cost of goods sold” under the LLET to include any costs allowed by the Internal Revenue Code. GLI is a proponent of this bill.

Maternity Leave

  • House Bill 627House Labor & Industry – Filed by Rep. James Kay, would require employers with more than 50 employees to provide 6 weeks paid maternity leave for an employee. GLI opposes this legislation because it places an unnecessary mandate on employers.

Medical Review Panels

  • Senate Bill 6Senate Health & Welfare – Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, creates a system of medical review panels to address the escalating costs directly attributed to Kentucky’s uncontrolled medical liability climate. GLI supports this legislation.

Prevailing WageGLI supports the repeal of prevailing wage laws and sees these bills as good steps forward:

  • Senate Bill 9House Labor & Industry – Sponsored by Sen. Schroder would exempt public construction projects of $250,000 or more from the state’s prevailing wage laws.
  • Senate Bill 94Senate State & Local Government – Senator McDaniel’s bill would allow local governments to opt out of prevailing wage for public works.

Public Benefit Corporations

  • House Bill 50Senate Judiciary – Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Flood, Rep. Jerry Miller, and Rep. Steve Riggs, would permit public benefit corporations, which is a corporation that allows a company’s board of directors to take “public benefit” into account, in addition to shareholder benefit, when making decisions about the company. GLI has taken a leadership role in making PBCs possible in Kentucky.

Right To WorkGLI supports this legislation as one of our top priorities.

  • Senate Bill 3Senate Economic Development – Filed by Senate President Robert Stivers, is this session’s Right to Work bill.

Road Aid Modernization

  • House Bill 69House Appropriations & Revenue – Reformulates the road fund revenue sharing to a formula of thirds based on population, road mileage, and land area. GLI supports a more equitable share of road funds for urban areas.

Sick Leave

  • HB 617House Labor & Industry – Filed by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, would require employers to provide earned paid sick leave to employees. GLI opposes this legislation because it places an unnecessary mandate on employers.

Smoke-Free Legislation

  • House Bill 351House Health & Welfare – Filed by Rep. Susan Westrom, would prohibit smoking in indoor public places. GLI is supportive of this legislation.

Tax Reform Proposal

  • House Bill 342House Appropriations & Revenue – Rep. Jim Wayne filed this omnibus tax reform proposal that relies on many of the recommendations from former Governor Beshear’s tax reform task force. The bill creates a burden for many industries by placing a personal property tax on manufacturing equipment, retail inventory, and raw materials, including distilled spirits. Businesses operating in other states could be taxed by Kentucky if they are not taxed by the other state, which could create a competitive disadvantage for Kentucky. GLI is supportive of comprehensive tax reform that is consumption-based and pro-business. Learn more about our tax reform recommendations here.
  • House Bill 247House Appropriations & Revenue – Sponsored by Rep. Watkins, this bill increases the cigarette tax. GLI believes this would be a positive step to raise revenue for the Commonwealth.

Workers Compensation Subrogation

  • House Bill 200House Labor & Industry – Filed by Rep. Bart Rowland, would clean up statutes related to workers compensation insurance subrogation in favor of employers. This would save employers money and make Kentucky more attractive for business.

Workers Compensation Temporary Total Disability – Two bills:

  • Senate Bill 151 & House Bill 311 both await action in House Labor & Industry – would allow payments of temporary total disability benefits to be offset by wages paid to an employee by an employer for light duty or alternative duty work performed during a period of temporary total disability. GLI supports this legislation.

Work Ready Kentucky

  • House Bill 626Senate Appropriations & Revenue – The House Democrat’s Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program passed the House Appropriations & Revenue committee this week and it is poised to be voted off the House floor next week. The program would provide free tuition for graduating high school students attending the state’s community and technical colleges. The program is apparently not requiring new dollars, but is being funded out of other funds in the budget.

Workforce Development
Two resolutions have been filed that would establish the Kentucky Workforce Oversight Task Force to study and develop recommendations concerning the benefits, investments, and funding of workforce education.

GLI & PharMerica Lead the Passage of Pharmacy Reform in Kentucky

For Immediate Release:  March 29, 2016 

Media Contact: Alison Brotzge-Elder, abrotzge@greaterlouisville.com; 502-262-0359

(Louisville) – GLI and PharMerica applaud the final passage by the General Assembly of House Bill 527, which modernizes certain aspects of Kentucky’s pharmacy law.  The new law enables all types of pharmacies – retail, mail, specialty, and institutional – to more efficiently perform administrative tasks, while maintaining high patient safety standards and reducing costs for pharmacy hub operations.  The bill is now making its way to the Governor’s desk.

“This piece of legislation is vital to attracting more high paying, high skilled jobs to our region,” GLI’s Chief Operating Officer, Sarah Davasher-Wisdom said. “By passing this bill, the General Assembly has made it possible for Kentucky to be considered as a home for national and regional pharmacies looking to optimize efficiency of operations while providing great pharmaceutical care.”

The change in pharmacy law will make Kentucky a more attractive destination for pharmacies looking to relocate their operations to take advantage of the state’s world class logistics, affordable cost of living, and high-quality workforce.   Members of both organizations led the charge in this effort that involved garnering broad legislative support and the building bridges with pharmacy constituent groups to affect the needed changes.

“The change in law levels the playing field for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and PharMerica.   As a result, PharMerica will add over 150 jobs over the next several years.  We are grateful for GLI’s leadership.  Their strong, bi-partisan voice helped us to build consensus among the right stakeholders, which ultimately led to passage of the bill,” Greg Weishar, Chief Executive Officer of PharMerica, said.

In recent years, pharmacy companies have bypassed Kentucky in favor of states with more modernized pharmacy laws and regulations.

“We are grateful to Rep. Tom Burch for filing this important bill and Rep. Jerry Miller for co-sponsoring,” Davasher-Wisdom said. “Their bi-partisan leadership, along with the leadership of Sen. Julie Raque Adams in the Senate, will result in the creation of more jobs in Kentucky.”

Millions of dollars of pharmaceuticals already pass through UPS WorldPort on a daily basis. Many Kentuckians already benefit from the services of mail order pharmacies located in other states.

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About Greater Louisville Inc.

Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce is where regional business leaders come together to accelerate business competitiveness, economic growth and job creation in the Greater Louisville region.  The region’s largest business leadership organization, GLI leads economic and global outreach strategies focused on business attraction; nurtures the entrepreneurial eco-system and fast growth companies; and champions the development of the community’s talent base.  As the voice of the business community, GLI advocates for a pro-business environment and facilitates business leadership engagement on issues that impact regional competitiveness.  For more information, visit www.GreaterLouisville.com.

 

Legislative Update: Four Days Left

Only four legislative days remaining in the 2016 Session of the General Assembly; here is what you need to know:

  1. LIFT needs your support! – GLI’s number one legislative priority is passage of legislation allowing for the Local Investments for Transformation. House Bill 2, a constitutional amendment allowing for LIFT, and House Bill 374, the enabling legislation, have both passed the House and await a vote in Senate Appropriations & Revenue. With just a handful of days left in the session we need to push them over the finish line to passage. Please Call (800) 372-7181 and TELL Your Senator: Let local VOTERS decide on important local projects that will improve quality of life and economic development. Please support HB2 and LIFT Kentucky.
  2. Budget Conference Underway – Only five days after the House sent them its budget, the Senate passed their version last Wednesday. We communicated with you last week about what exactly was in the Senate version of the budget relative to GLI’s priorities. Read our analysis here. The action now turns to the budget conference committee of House and Senate leaders who began meeting last Thursday to hammer out a final compromise. The big issues seem to be: a permanent fund for future pension spending, higher education funding which includes the use of outcome-based metrics, differing approaches to scholarships, and workforce development. The conference committee hopes to finish its work early this week.
  3. Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Passes – After several years of refining Public-Private Partnership (P3) legislation, (House Bill 309) received final passage and is headed to the Governor’s desk. Greater Louisville Inc. supported P3 legislation to send a strong signal to Kentucky’s business community, local governments, contractors, and workforce that we are serious about forging ahead with needed infrastructure and services in an innovative fashion. Join us in thanking Rep. Leslie Combs and Sen. Max Wise for their leadership on this important issue!
  4. School Leadership – One of the key education issues for Louisville and JCPS for the 2016 Session is to give superintendents more flexibility in selection of principals within school districts. House Bill 184, sponsored by Louisville Delegation Chair Jeff Donohue, took another step forward this week getting passage in the Senate. The bill now simply needs a concurrence vote in the House to get final passage. GLI continues to urge passage of this important bill as it makes its way through the final step of the legislative process.
  5. Returning Pharmacy Jobs to KentuckyHouse Bill 527, filed by Rep. Tom Burch and co-sponsored by Rep. Jerry Miller, would allow for mail order pharmacies to operate in the Commonwealth. It passed out of the Senate this week and is headed to the House for a final concurrence vote before it can make its way to the Governor’s desk. GLI has played a critical leadership role in promoting this legislation, including testifying in committee. The measure would create jobs by allowing GLI members to create a pharmacy hub in Louisville. We appreciate the bi-partisan leadership demonstrated by Rep. Burch, Rep. Miller, and Sen. Julie Raque Adams on this bill.
  6. Distillery Modernization – GLI supports placing the distilled spirits industry on equal footing with wineries and brewers in the Commonwealth. Senate Bill 11 is an omnibus clean-up of various alcohol-related issues, including the distillery issues supported by GLI. That bill finally got moving this week as it passed the House Licensing & Occupations committee and is now awaiting passage on the House floor. GLI urges passage of this important legislation in the final days of the session.
  7. Four Days Left – The 2016 General Assembly’s regular session is rapidly coming to a close, as legislators have used 56 of their 60 allotted legislative days. The current schedule has them in session two days this week, March 28th and 29th, before they recess until April 11th and 12th for veto override days. However, while nothing official has been communicated, we expect the calendar to be amended to allow them to meet this coming Wednesday, leaving only one final legislative day in mid-April to consider any gubernatorial vetoes.

Key Bills Moving Forward Last Week

Distillery Modernization – GLI supports placing the distilled spirits industry on equal footing with wineries and breweries in the Commonwealth. Two key bills of interest:

  • House Bill 433House Licensing & Occupations – Focuses specifically on clean-up of distilled spirits issues, was filed with 41 members of the House signing on as co-sponsors.
  • Senate Bill 11House Floor – Is an omnibus clean-up of various alcohol-related issues, including the distillery issues in HB 433.

Educational Reciprocity

  • Senate Bill 140House Consent Orders – Filed by Sen. Max Wise, would allow the Council on Postsecondary Education to enter into reciprocity agreements with institutions in other states to provide distance education to Kentucky residents. GLI is supportive of this bill.

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurship

  • Senate Bill 296House Floor – Filed by Sen. Chris McDaniel, would establish the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurship under the Education & Workforce Cabinet and make a General Fund appropriation.

LIFT – These two bills deal directly with GLI’s top legislative priority:

  • House Bill 374Senate Appropriations & Revenue – The LIFT enabling legislation was filed by Rep. Tommy Thompson.
  • House Bill 2Senate Appropriations & Revenue – Filed by Speaker Stumbo and Minority Leader Hoover, the constitutional amendment would allow for a local option sales tax.

Justice Reform

  • House Bill 412 Senate Judiciary – would create a new category of misdemeanor as well as implement additional reforms that would streamline the redemption process for non-violent felons. GLI supports a smarter, more cost-effective approach to criminal justice.

Kentucky Economic Development Partnership

  • House Bill 216Passed Senate, Awaiting House Concurrence – Filed by Rep. Mike Denham, would add the chairperson of the Commission on Small Business Advocacy and a representative from the NFIB/Kentucky to the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership. GLI supports this measure.

Pensions

  • Senate Bill 2House Orders of the Day – Sen. Bowen’s bill would make the pension systems more transparent and accountable.
  • House Bill 1Senate Appropriations & Revenue – filed by Speaker Stumbo, would implement a four-year phase in of the legislature paying the full actuarily required contribution (ARC) to KTRS, declares an emergency. HB 1 originally would have bonded $3.3 billion to shore up KTRS but was amended to remove the original language.
  • House Bill 271Delivered to Governor – Rep. Jerry Miller’s bill requires benefit information to be disclosed by the retirement systems.
  • Senate Bill 45House Floor – Sen. McDaniel’s bill requires disclosure of information related to pensions of current and former members of the legislature.
  • House Bill 238Senate Floor – Rep. Yonts’ bill requires the Public Pension Oversight Board to hire their own actuary to do an actuarial audit of the state-administered retirement systems at least every 10 years and review the retirement system’s budget requests every two years.

Pharmacy Administration

  • House Bill 527Passed Senate, Awaiting House Concurrence – Filed by Rep. Tom Burch and co-sponsored by Rep. Jerry Miller, would amend Kentucky’s pharmacy law to allow pharmacies to perform administrative activities outside of a licensed pharmacy in the United States, while protecting patients’ interests by keeping activities related to the evaluation and implementation of drug orders, including dispensing activities, inside licensed pharmacies. GLI has been a driving force behind this legislation.

Public-Private Partnerships (P3)

  • House Bill 309Delivered to Governor – Sponsored by Rep. Leslie Combs, it would allow for P3s as a critical tool for the Commonwealth accomplishing economic development projects in cooperation with private industry. GLI supports allowing P3s in Kentucky.
  • Senate Bill 132 – Senate Economic Development – Sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, is the Senate companion bill to HB 309.

Radon Mitigation

  • House Bill 272Delivered to Governor – Filed by Rep. Tommy Thompson, would exempt residential building contractors installing vent pipes from radon mitigation certification requirements, making Kentucky contractors more competitive and efficient. GLI supports this legislation.

School Leadership

  • House Bill 184 Passed Senate, Awaiting House Concurrence – Sponsored by Louisville Delegation Chair Jeff Donohue, is one of the key education issues for Louisville and JCPS for the 2016 Session is to give superintendents more flexibility in selection of principals within school districts. GLI is a proponent of this legislation.

Vacant & Abandoned Properties – GLI supports efforts by local governments and developers to return vacant and abandoned properties to productive use and the tax rolls. There are two bills of note:

  • Senate Bill 229Senate State & Local Government – Filed by Sens. Morgan McGarvey, Julie Raque Adams, and Denise Harper Angel, would expand the abilities of land bank authorities to hold, renovate, and lease vacant and abandoned properties if a satisfactory bid is not made at auction.
  • Senate Bill 230Passed House, Awaiting Senate Concurrence – Filed by Sens. Morgan McGarvey, Julie Raque Adams, and Dan Seum, would expand local government authority to make spot condemnations and more quickly return vacant, abandoned, and blighted properties to productive use.

Work Ready Kentucky

  • House Bill 626Senate Committee on Committees – The House Democrat’s Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program passed the House Appropriations & Revenue committee this week and it is poised to be voted off the House floor next week. The program would provide free tuition for graduating high school students attending the state’s community and technical colleges. The program is apparently not requiring new dollars, but is being funded out of other funds in the budget.

Key Bills
Business & Non-Profit Regulation

  • House Bill 367Senate Appropriations & Revenue – Filed by Speaker Pro Tem Jody Richards, would make technical changes to modernize the current laws governing Kentucky’s nonprofit sector and would exempt veteran-owned businesses from paying certain filing fees to the Secretary of State.

Education Standards – Two key bills of interest on education standards:

  • Senate Bill 1House Education – SB 1 is an omnibus education reform proposal that will set up a process for reviewing the state’s education standards and aligning them with the assessment and accountability system.
  • Senate Bill 210 & House Bill 553Senate & House Education – SB 210 & HB 553 would repeal and replace Kentucky’s current academic standards, which would be an inefficient use of dollars and time for our teachers. GLI is opposed to SB 210 & HB 553.

Encourage Computer Science in Schools

  • Senate Bill 107House Education – Would encourage the development of more computer science programs in local schools. GLI supports this legislation.

Expanded Gaming

  • Senate Bill 144Senate Veterans – Sponsored by Sen. Morgan McGarvey and Sen. Julie Raque Adams, this is a constitutional amendment legalizing casino gaming and dedicating 90% of the proceeds to Kentucky’s public employee pensions. GLI took a leadership role in support of this measure.

Felony Expungement – This is a critical workforce issue for GLI.

  • House Bill 40Senate Floor – Filed by Louisville Representative Daryl Owens, would allow for the expungement of some non-violent class D felonies. Requires a 5 year waiting period.
  • Senate Bill 298Returned to Senate Judiciary – Filed by Senate President Robert Stivers, is the Senate’s expungement bill. The bill exempts very specific felonies and requires a 10 year waiting period.

Franchises

  • Senate Bill 198House Labor & Industry – This legislation filed by Sen. Wil Schroder, would provide that neither a franchisee nor an employee of a franchisee shall be deemed to be an employee of the franchisor for purposes of wage and hour laws, occupational safety laws, unemployment laws, and workers comp laws. GLI supports this bill.

Historic Preservation Tax Credits

  • House Bill 424House Appropriations & Revenue – Filed by Co-Chairman Rick Rand, would raise the program cap for commercial projects below $3 million in qualified expenditures to $9 million and the per project cap to $900,000; establish a $1 million program cap for residential projects; and create a new incentive for “catalytic commercial projects” above $3 million in qualified expenditures.

KEES for Dual Credit

  • Senate Bill 127Senate Appropriations & Revenue – This legislation would allow Kentucky students to use their KEES scholarships for dual credit courses while they are still in high school. GLI is supportive of SB 127.

Kentucky Preference in Procurement

  • House Bill 227House State Government – Filed by Rep. Jeff Donohue, would give a preference in state procurement to products made in Kentucky regardless of cost or availability. GLI is concerned this bill could lead to increased costs.

Landlord Liability

  • Senate Bill 68House Judiciary – Would correct a 2012 KY Supreme Court ruling that made a landlord strictly liable for the actions of a tenant’s dog. GLI will be pushing for its consideration.

Lawn Service Workers Comp Exemption

  • House Bill 56House Floor – Rep. Myron Dossett includes lawn services to the list of exemptions from workers’ compensation on a private home for not more than 20 days.

Limited Liability Entity Tax

  • House Bill 292House Appropriations & Revenue – Filed by Rep. Brent Yonts, would expand the definition of “cost of goods sold” under the LLET to include any costs allowed by the Internal Revenue Code. GLI is a proponent of this bill.

Maternity Leave

  • House Bill 627House Labor & Industry – Filed by Rep. James Kay, would require employers with more than 50 employees to provide 6 weeks paid maternity leave for an employee. GLI opposes this legislation because it places an unnecessary mandate on employers.

Medical Review Panels

  • Senate Bill 6Recommitted from Senate Floor to Health & Welfare – Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, creates a system of medical review panels to address the escalating costs directly attributed to Kentucky’s uncontrolled medical liability climate. GLI supports this legislation.

Prevailing Wage – GLI supports the repeal of prevailing wage laws and sees these bills as good steps forward:

  • Senate Bill 9 – Voted down in House Labor & Industry – Sponsored by Sen. Schroder would exempt public construction projects of $250,000 or more from the state’s prevailing wage laws.
  • Senate Bill 94Senate State & Local Government – Senator McDaniel’s bill would allow local governments to opt out of prevailing wage for public works.

Public Benefit Corporations

  • House Bill 50Senate Judiciary – Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Flood, Rep. Jerry Miller, and Rep. Steve Riggs, would permit public benefit corporations, which is a corporation that allows a company’s board of directors to take “public benefit” into account, in addition to shareholder benefit, when making decisions about the company. GLI has taken a leadership role in making PBCs possible in Kentucky.

Right To Work – GLI supports this legislation as one of our top priorities.

  • Senate Bill 3Senate Economic Development – Filed by Senate President Robert Stivers, is this session’s Right to Work bill.

Road Aid Modernization

  • House Bill 69House Appropriations & Revenue – Reformulates the road fund revenue sharing to a formula of thirds based on population, road mileage, and land area. GLI supports a more equitable share of road funds for urban areas.

Sick Leave

  • HB 617House Labor & Industry – Filed by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, would require employers to provide earned paid sick leave to employees. GLI opposes this legislation because it places an unnecessary mandate on employers.

Smoke-Free Legislation

  • House Bill 351House Health & Welfare – Filed by Rep. Susan Westrom, would prohibit smoking in indoor public places. GLI is supportive of this legislation.

Tax Reform Proposal

  • House Bill 342House Appropriations & Revenue – Rep. Jim Wayne filed this omnibus tax reform proposal that relies on many of the recommendations from former Governor Beshear’s tax reform task force. The bill creates a burden for many industries by placing a personal property tax on manufacturing equipment, retail inventory, and raw materials, including distilled spirits. Businesses operating in other states could be taxed by Kentucky if they are not taxed by the other state, which could create a competitive disadvantage for Kentucky. GLI is supportive of comprehensive tax reform that is consumption-based and pro-business. Learn more about our tax reform recommendations here.
  • House Bill 247House Appropriations & Revenue – Sponsored by Rep. Watkins, this bill increases the cigarette tax. GLI believes this would be a positive step to raise revenue for the Commonwealth.

Workers Compensation Subrogation

  • House Bill 200House Labor & Industry – Filed by Rep. Bart Rowland, would clean up statutes related to workers compensation insurance subrogation in favor of employers. This would save employers money and make Kentucky more attractive for business.

Workers Compensation Temporary Total Disability – Two bills:

  • Senate Bill 151 & House Bill 311 both await action in House Labor & Industry – would allow payments of temporary total disability benefits to be offset by wages paid to an employee by an employer for light duty or alternative duty work performed during a period of temporary total disability. GLI supports this legislation.

Workforce Development
Two resolutions have been filed that would establish the Kentucky Workforce Oversight Task Force to study and develop recommendations concerning the benefits, investments, and funding of workforce education.

Legislative Update: Senate Passes Budget Revisions

Lawmakers are looking to finish their work on the budget by next Tuesday to preserve their ability to override any gubernatorial vetoes. After receiving the House’s budget just one week ago, today the Senate passed their version of the state’s next biennial budget. The Senate budget more closely resembles the Governor Bevin’s budget, but

includes some minor distinctions. The Senate kept most all of the Governor’s proposed cuts to state government at 4.5% current year and 9% in FY17 & FY18.

The key provisions of interest to GLI members include:

Pensions: The Senate budget contributes more than the House or Governor’s proposed budget to address Kentucky’s ailing public employee pension funds. The Senate budget would contribute $1.195 billion compared to $1.123 billion (House), and $845.5 million (Governor).

Education: The Senate maintained the Governor’s proposed cuts to the non-SEEK K-12 portions of the budget as well as maintaining the Governor’s proposed 9% cuts in FY17 & FY18 for postsecondary institutions. Additionally, the Senate adopted a similar position to the Governor in regards to performance funding for postsecondary education. Beginning in FY 18, 25% of university funding would be subject to performance funding metrics, like: degrees produced, graduation rates, closing achievement gaps, and types of degrees.

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Senator Chris McDaniel presents on the Senate version of Kentucky’s two-year spending plan. (LRC)

Scholarships: The Governor and the House both set aside all lottery proceeds for education, but dedicated those to different programs. The Governor created a new workforce development scholarship fund and the House dedicated the funds to existing need-based aid programs. The Senate took a different approach, dedicating the funds for KEES dual credit scholarships.

Workforce Development: The Governor included in his budget a $100 million bond pool for workforce development projects that would be invested in advanced manufacturing training projects with business and higher education partners. The House took those bond funds out and replaced them with their Work Ready scholarship program that would have provided free tuition at KCTCS community colleges. The Senate returned to the Governor’s approach, but only included $50 million in bonding.

In short, the Senate budget follows the Governor’s approach in most areas, but still made alterations to the Governor’s budget in several ways. The key negotiating points heading into the budget conference committee – where legislative leaders will hammer out a final compromise – seem to be: creation of a permanent fund for future pension spending; cuts to higher education; approaches to scholarships and workforce development.

All-In for Kentucky’s Signature Industries

By Kent Oyler, President & CEOkent_oyler_crop

Horses, bourbon, healthcare, autos, global restaurant companies.  These are amongst Kentucky’s signature industries, where our companies lead the nation and we take pride in their success.  But what are we doing to protect these industries, promote them and make it as easy as possible for them to thrive here?  The answer is simple: ‘not enough.’

Horses.  It is easy to take something familiar for granted.  When we drive past the iconic farms with their elaborate barns or attend the Derby, it’s hard to imagine that Kentucky might not always be the capital of the horse world.  Visitors from afar recognize the value of this large, graceful industry. Many of them return home and provide facilities and incentives that attract horsemen away from the Bluegrass State.  Enactment of legislation that authorizes gaming in Kentucky, as put forth in Sen. Morgan McGarvey and Sen. Julie Raque Adams’ SB 144, would go a long way toward funding larger purses and help preserve one of our grandest signature industries.

Bourbon. Our state is blessed with distilled spirits brands known around the world, including Woodford Reserve, Old Forrester, Jim Beam, Evan Williams, Maker’s Mark, and dozens more.  The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is wildly successful and the envy of every state.  Yet today we are struggling to pass legislation that allows our distilleries to increase the volume of packaged sales and serve reasonable sample sizes of their products at their distilleries.  Two bills, SB 11 and HB 433, address this issue and help solidify and secure the entire industry by placing distilleries on a level playing field with wineries and breweries.

Healthcare.  Global powerhouses like Humana, Kindred, Pharmerica, Trilogy, Atria, and Signature Healthcare are based here.  So what are we doing to assure that Kentucky will retain our position and become even more attractive to companies like these?  There have been numerous pieces of health care legislation this session, and HB 527 is legislation that would bring state law up-to-date for mail-order pharmacies.  These businesses provide many high-wage jobs and Kentucky has already lost out on opportunities in this field.  Passing this HB 527 will immediately generate 150 new jobs in Louisville, adding to the health of this critical Kentucky industry.

Automotive. Kentucky is now the #3 auto-producing state in America.  Ford, Toyota, Corvette, and hundreds of their suppliers call us home and employ more than 85,000 people according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.  The Kentucky auto industry is so successful that they are challenged to find skilled workers.  Governor Bevin has proposed a $100M bond pool in his budget for workforce training, much of which will benefit our manufacturers and auto plants.  Other states would give their eyeteeth for a piece of our auto industry.  Let’s give the automakers and our other advanced manufacturing companies the skilled workers they need by ensuring that $100M workforce bond pool is in the final budget.

Restaurants. And there are also non-legislative issues we need to address.  YUM Brands, Texas Roadhouse, and Papa Johns, among others, call Louisville home.  With world-wide operations, what they need from us is better direct business air access.  We need to pull together our will and resources to attract more direct flights to retain these businesses and allow them to expand.

The point is that the business world is changing, and industries we have here today but take for granted, could very well leave tomorrow.  Gradually and imperceptibly at first perhaps, but over time, the companies that make up our long-standing signature industries could become frustrated with our indifference and be gone, along with the jobs and prestige they bring Kentucky.

It’s time that we fully recognize our signature industries and pass legislation that benefits them and shows that we want them here.  If you agree, call your legislator and make your voice heard.  The bills listed here, SB144, SB11, HB433 and HB527, and the Governor’s budget, are a good place to start.   Let our elected officials know that they have power to secure our heritage by strongly backing Kentucky’s signature industries.

Originally posted at: http://www.greaterlouisville.com/glimpse/default.aspx?id=14340&blogid=10131#sthash.iU9HCQV5.dpuf

Legislative Update: And Down the Stretch They Come

Nine Days Left – This week is the last full week of the 2016 General Assembly regular session, as legislators have used 51 of their 60 allotted legislative days. The current schedule has them in session all of this week and two days next week, March 28 & 29, for concurrence, before they recess until April 11 & 12 for veto override days, the last two days of the session.

House Passes Budget
– With the days ticking away, the General Assembly is racing to complete passage of a two-year spending plan, the session’s biggest issue. The House moved that process forward by passing their budget. We communicated with you last week about what exactly was in the House version of the budget relative to GLI’s priorities. Read our analysis. The action now turns to the Senate who will likely pass their version of the budget this week before a conference committee of House and Senate leaders meets to hammer out a final compromise that will be sent to the Governor for consideration of any vetoes.

Pensions Addressed
– The House took action in the state budget to fully fund the ARC for KRS and KTRS to help shore up those financially distressed public employee pension funds. They also took action on two bills of interest on pensions to GLI:

  • Senate Bill 2House Floor – Sen. Bowen’s bill that would make the pension systems more transparent and accountable passed the House State Government committee this week and is now in House Rules.
  • House Bill 1House Floor – A proposal to shore up the KY Teachers Retirement system with $3.3 billion in bonding, was drastically altered this week and now requires the General Assembly to fund the full actuarially required contribution for the KTRS. It awaits action on the House floor.

Public Private Partnerships (P3s) – After several years of refining Public-Private Partnership (P3) legislation, House Bill 309 could be heard on the Senate floor today! Greater Louisville Inc. has endorsed P3 legislation. It is time that Kentucky joined the 39 other states that have P3 legislation and send a strong signal to Kentucky’s business community, local governments, contractors, and workforce that we are serious about forging ahead with needed infrastructure and services in an innovative fashion. The Senate Economic Development committee passed the bill this week and we are asking that you weigh in with your state senator to let them know you support P3. It is critical that the Senate hear from members of the business community on this issue. Please Call YOUR Senator at (800) 372-7181 and ask them to support P3 legislation as another tool in Kentucky’s economic development toolbox.

School Leadership
– One of the key education issues for Louisville and JCPS for the 2016 Session is to give superintendents more flexibility in selection of principals within school districts. House Bill 184 sponsored by Louisville Delegation Chair Jeff Donohue passed favorably by the Senate Education committee this week. GLI continues to urge passage of this important bill as it makes its way through the final steps of the legislative process.

Felony Expungement
House Bill 40 filed by Louisville Representative Daryl Owens, would allow for the expungement of some non-violent class D felonies while providing provisions that offering protection for employers. The bill got moving in the Senate this week as the bill was amended with many of the provisions of Senate Bill 298, though with just a 5-year waiting period, and favorably reported. This is a critical workforce issue for GLI that was addressed by the Senate Judiciary committee this week. We urge passage as the final days of the session near.

LIFT Still in the Mix
– GLI’s number one legislative priority is passage of legislation allowing for the Local Investments For Transformation, www.liftkentucky.com. House Bill 2, a constitutional amendment allowing for LIFT, and House Bill 374 the enabling legislation, both have passed the House and await action in the Senate. With just a handful of days left in the session we need to push them over the finish line to passage. Please Call (800) 372-7181 and TELL Your Senator: Let local VOTERS decide on important local projects that will improve quality of life and economic development. Please support HB2 and LIFT Kentucky.

Returning Pharmacy Jobs to Kentucky
– Several years ago, outdated pharmacy regulations prevented pharmaceutical distributor Medco from locating in Kentucky. House Bill 527, filed by Rep. Tom Burch and co-sponsored by Rep. Jerry Miller, would allow certain administrative activities to take place outside the supervision of a licensed pharmacist which would lower costs. It passed out of the House and the Senate Health & Welfare committee this week and is headed to the Senate Floor. GLI has played a critical leadership role in promoting this legislation, including testifying in committee, because it would allow one of GLI’s members to create a pharmacy hub in Louisville. We appreciate the bi-partisan leadership demonstrated by Reps. Burch and Miller & Sen. Julie Raque Adams.

Senate will not pursue Right to Work, Medical Review Panels.
Senate President Robert Stivers has pulled two of the Senate’s top 10 bills after recognizing the lack of will in the House to move the legislation forward. The decision comes on the heels of Democrats’ surprise wins in three out of four House special elections on March 8th. Right to Work and medical liability reform are two of GLI’s top priorities and GLI will push strongly for their consideration in the 2017 legislative session.

PASS Bourbon tourism reform now!
Time is running out. Please call your legislators and ask them to pass all provisions of SB 11 and HB 433.  Every provision in SB 11 and HB 433 are critical to growing the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, creating jobs, leveling the playing field and keeping Kentucky competitive. The future of Kentucky’s tourism and economic development depend on it.  Please Call (800) 372-7181 and voice your support for Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry.

Make workforce a budget priority!
In the budget passed last week, the House dropped a $100 million bonding pool for workforce development from the Governor’s proposal. This pool can provide critical workforce training to ensure the sustainability of Kentucky’s employee base. Please Call (800) 372-7181 and tell your Senator to put the original $100 million bonding pool for workforce development back in the budget.

GLI has a comprehensive legislative agenda for 2016.
Below is an update on some of the bills from the agenda:

Key Bills Moving Forward Last Week

 
Business & Non-Profit Regulation

  • House Bill 367Senate Appropriations & Revenue – Filed by Speaker Pro Tem Jody Richards, would make technical changes to modernize the current laws governing Kentucky’s nonprofit sector and would exempt veteran-owned businesses from paying certain filing fees to the Secretary of State.

Educational Reciprocity

  • Senate Bill 140House Education – Filed by Sen. Max Wise, would allow the Council on Postsecondary Education to enter into reciprocity agreements with institutions in other states to provide distance education to Kentucky residents. GLI is supportive of this bill.

Felony Expungement – This is a critical workforce issue for GLI.

  • House Bill 40Senate Floor – Filed by Louisville Representative Daryl Owens, would allow for the expungement of some non-violent class D felonies. Requires a 5 year waiting period.
  • Senate Bill 298Returned to Senate Judiciary – Filed by Senate President Robert Stivers, is the Senate’s expungement bill. The bill exempts very specific felonies and requires a 10 year waiting period.

Franchises

  • Senate Bill 198House Labor & Industry – This legislation filed by Sen. Wil Schroder, would provide that neither a franchisee nor an employee of a franchisee shall be deemed to be an employee of the franchisor for purposes of wage and hour laws, occupational safety laws, unemployment laws, and workers comp laws. GLI supports this bill.

LIFT – These two bills deal directly with GLI’s top legislative priority:

  • House Bill 374Senate Appropriations & Revenue – The LIFT enabling legislation was filed by Rep. Tommy Thompson.
  • House Bill 2Awaiting Senate action – Filed by Speaker Stumbo and Minority Leader Hoover, the constitutional amendment would allow for a local option sales tax.

Justice Reform

  • House Bill 412Passed House, Awaiting Senate Action – would create a new category of misdemeanor as well as implement additional reforms that would streamline the redemption process for non-violent felons. GLI supports a smarter, more cost-effective approach to criminal justice.

Kentucky Economic Development Partnership

  • House Bill 216Senate Consent Calendar – Filed by Rep. Mike Denham, would add the chairperson of the Commission on Small Business Advocacy and a representative from the NFIB/Kentucky to the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership. GLI supports this measure.

Medical Review Panels

  • Senate Bill 6Recommitted from Senate Floor to Health & Welfare – Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, creates a system of medical review panels to address the escalating costs directly attributed to Kentucky’s uncontrolled medical liability climate. GLI supports this legislation.

Pensions

  • Senate Bill 2House Floor – Sen. Bowen’s bill would make the pension systems more transparent and accountable.
  • House Bill 1House Floor – Speaker Stumbo’s proposal to shore up the KY Teachers Retirement system with $3.3 billion in bonding. (After passing committee this week it was recommitted to A&R, we expect this will play out in the budget)
  • House Bill 271House Floor – Rep. Jerry Miller’s bill requires benefit information to be disclosed by the retirement systems.

Pharmacy Administration

  • House Bill 527Posted for Passage on Senate Consent Agenda – Filed by Rep. Tom Burch and co-sponsored by Rep. Jerry Miller, would amend Kentucky’s pharmacy law to allow pharmacies to perform administrative activities outside of a licensed pharmacy in the United States, while protecting patients’ interests by keeping activities related to the evaluation and implementation of drug orders, including dispensing activities, inside licensed pharmacies. GLI has been a driving force behind this legislation.

Public-Private Partnerships (P3)

  • House Bill 309Posted for Passage in Senate – Sponsored by Rep. Leslie Combs, it would allow for P3s as a critical tool for the Commonwealth accomplishing economic development projects in cooperation with private industry. GLI supports allowing P3s in Kentucky.
  • Senate Bill 132 – Senate Economic Development – Sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, is the Senate companion bill to HB 309.

Radon Mitigation

  • House Bill 272Senate Floor – Filed by Rep. Tommy Thompson, would exempt residential building contractors installing vent pipes from radon mitigation certification requirements, making Kentucky contractors more competitive and efficient. GLI supports this legislation.

School Leadership

  • House Bill 184 Senate Floor – Sponsored by Louisville Delegation Chair Jeff Donohue, is one of the key education issues for Louisville and JCPS for the 2016 Session is to give superintendents more flexibility in selection of principals within school districts. GLI is a proponent of this legislation.

Workforce Development
Two resolutions have been filed that would establish the Kentucky Workforce Oversight Task Force to study and develop recommendations concerning the benefits, investments, and funding of workforce education.

Work Ready Kentucky

  • House Bill 626 – Passed House, Awaiting Senate Action – The House Democrat’s Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program passed the House Appropriations & Revenue committee this week and it is poised to be voted off the House floor next week. The program would provide free tuition for graduating high school students attending the state’s community and technical colleges. The program is apparently not requiring new dollars, but is being funded out of other funds in Governor Bevin’s budget.

Key Bills

Distillery Modernization
– Two key bills of interest: GLI supports placing the distilled spirits industry on equal footing with wineries and breweries in the Commonwealth:

  • House Bill 433House Licensing & Occupations – Focuses specifically on clean-up of distilled spirits issues, was filed with 41 members of the House signing on as co-sponsors.
  • Senate Bill 11House Licensing & Occupations – Is an omnibus clean-up of various alcohol-related issues, including the distillery issues in HB 433. (Posted and poised for hearing this week)

Education Standards – Two key bills of interest on education standards:

  • Senate Bill 1House Education – SB 1 is an omnibus education reform proposal that will set up a process for reviewing the state’s education standards and aligning them with the assessment and accountability system.
  • Senate Bill 210 & House Bill 553Senate & House Education – SB 210 & HB 553 would repeal and replace Kentucky’s current academic standards, which would be an inefficient use of dollars and time for our teachers. GLI is opposed to SB 210 & HB 553.

Encourage Computer Science in Schools

  • Senate Bill 107House Education – Would encourage the development of more computer science programs in local schools. GLI supports this legislation.

Expanded Gaming

  • Senate Bill 144Senate Veterans – Sponsored by Sen. Morgan McGarvey and Sen. Julie Raque Adams, this is a constitutional amendment legalizing casino gaming and dedicating 90% of the proceeds to Kentucky’s public employee pensions. GLI took a leadership role in support of this measure.

Historic Preservation Tax Credits

  • House Bill 424House Appropriations & Revenue – Filed by Co-Chairman Rick Rand, would raise the program cap for commercial projects below $3 million in qualified expenditures to $9 million and the per project cap to $900,000; establish a $1 million program cap for residential projects; and create a new incentive for “catalytic commercial projects” above $3 million in qualified expenditures.

KEES for Dual Credit

  • Senate Bill 127Senate Appropriations & Revenue – This legislation would allow Kentucky students to use their KEES scholarships for dual credit courses while they are still in high school. GLI is supportive of SB 127.

Kentucky Preference in Procurement

  • House Bill 227House State Government – Filed by Rep. Jeff Donohue, would give a preference in state procurement to products made in Kentucky regardless of cost or availability. GLI is concerned this bill could lead to increased costs.

Landlord Liability

  • Senate Bill 68House Judiciary – Would correct a 2012 KY Supreme Court ruling that made a landlord strictly liable for the actions of a tenant’s dog. GLI will be pushing for its consideration.

Lawn Service Workers Comp Exemption

  • House Bill 56House Floor – Rep. Myron Dossett includes lawn services to the list of exemptions from workers’ compensation on a private home for not more than 20 days.

Limited Liability Entity Tax

  • House Bill 292House Appropriations & Revenue – Filed by Rep. Brent Yonts, would expand the definition of “cost of goods sold” under the LLET to include any costs allowed by the Internal Revenue Code. GLI is a proponent of this bill.

Maternity Leave

  • House Bill 627House Labor & Industry – Filed by Rep. James Kay, would require employers with more than 50 employees to provide 6 weeks paid maternity leave for an employee. GLI opposes this legislation because it places an unnecessary mandate on employers.

Pensions – Several bills of interest:

  • Senate Bill 45House State Government – Sen. McDaniel’s bill requires disclosure of information related to pensions of current and former members of the legislature.
  • House Bill 238Senate State & Local Government – Rep. Yonts’ bill requires the Public Pension Oversight Board to hire their own actuary to do an actuarial audit of the state-administered retirement systems at least every 10 years and review the retirement system’s budget requests every two years.

Vacant & Abandoned Properties
GLI supports efforts by local governments and developers to return vacant and abandoned properties to productive use and the tax rolls. There are two bills of note:

  • Senate Bill 229Senate State & Local Government – Filed by Sens. Morgan McGarvey, Julie Raque Adams, and Denise Harper Angel, would expand the abilities of land bank authorities to hold, renovate, and lease vacant and abandoned properties if a satisfactory bid is not made at auction.
  • Senate Bill 230House Local Government – Filed by Sens. Morgan McGarvey, Julie Raque Adams, and Dan Seum, would expand local government authority to make spot condemnations and more quickly return vacant, abandoned, and blighted properties to productive use.

Prevailing Wage
GLI supports the repeal of prevailing wage laws and sees these bills as good steps forward:

  • Senate Bill 9 – Voted down in House Labor & Industry – Sponsored by Sen. Schroder would exempt public construction projects of $250,000 or more from the state’s prevailing wage laws.
  • Senate Bill 94Senate State & Local Government – Senator McDaniel’s bill would allow local governments to opt out of prevailing wage for public works.

Public Benefit Corporations

  • House Bill 50Senate Judiciary – Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Flood, Rep. Jerry Miller, and Rep. Steve Riggs, would permit public benefit corporations, which is a corporation that allows a company’s board of directors to take “public benefit” into account, in addition to shareholder benefit, when making decisions about the company. GLI has taken a leadership role in making PBCs possible in Kentucky.

Right To Work – GLI supports this legislation as one of our top priorities.

  • Senate Bill 3Senate Economic Development – Filed by Senate President Robert Stivers, is this session’s Right to Work bill.

Road Aid Modernization

  • House Bill 69House Appropriations & Revenue – Reformulates the road fund revenue sharing to a formula of thirds based on population, road mileage, and land area. GLI supports a more equitable share of road funds for urban areas.

Sick Leave

  • HB 617House Labor & Industry – Filed by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, would require employers to provide earned paid sick leave to employees. GLI opposes this legislation because it places an unnecessary mandate on employers.

Smoke-Free Legislation

  • House Bill 351House Health & Welfare – Filed by Rep. Susan Westrom, would prohibit smoking in indoor public places. GLI is supportive.

Tax Reform Proposal

  • House Bill 342House Appropriations & Revenue – Rep. Jim Wayne filed this omnibus tax reform proposal that relies on many of the recommendations from former Governor Beshear’s tax reform task force. The bill creates a burden for many industries by placing a personal property tax on manufacturing equipment, retail inventory, and raw materials, including distilled spirits. Businesses operating in other states could be taxed by Kentucky if they are not taxed by the other state, which could create a competitive disadvantage for Kentucky.  GLI is supportive of comprehensive tax reform that is consumption-based and pro-business.  Learn more about our tax reform recommendations here.
  • House Bill 247House Appropriations & Revenue – Sponsored by Rep. Watkins, this bill increases the cigarette tax. GLI believes this would be a positive step to raise revenue for the Commonwealth.

Workers Compensation Subrogation

  • House Bill 200House Labor & Industry – Filed by Rep. Bart Rowland, would clean up statutes related to workers compensation insurance subrogation in favor of employers. This would save employers money and make Kentucky more attractive for business.

Workers Compensation Temporary Total Disability – Two bills:

  • Senate Bill 151 & House Bill 311 both await action in House Labor & Industry – would allow payments of temporary total disability benefits to be offset by wages paid to an employee by an employer for light duty or alternative duty work performed during a period of temporary total disability. GLI supports this legislation.

House budget passes. Here’s what’s in it.

The House passed their version of the state’s next two-year spending plan last night. Below are the key points of interest for GLI:

Increased Funding for Pensions
One of the top issues for GLI during the 2016 session is shoring up the unfunded liabilities in the state’s teacher and public employee pension funds. The House continued to fund the ARC (actuarially required contribution) just like the Governor’s budget for the KRS pension fund and increased funding in the KTRS to 100% of the statutorily required funding levels as compared with 66% in the Governor’s budget.

Increased Funding for Education
Education is always a top priority for GLI and there are four areas we are focused on in this budget.

Pre-K-12 – The House budget, just like in the Governor’s budget, did not include cuts to the primary funding formula for K-12. However, the House did reverse cuts the Governor proposed to some of the education support services, like youth resource centers and pre-K. In particular, GLI was pleased with the increase in preschool eligibility from 160% to 200% of the federal poverty level.

Postsecondary – The Governor proposed cuts of 4.5% in FY 16 and 9% each year in FY 17 & FY 18 to the Commonwealth’s public postsecondary institutions. GLI was concerned about the impact these cuts would have on our universities and workforce development efforts. The House removed those cuts in their budget. The University of Louisville saw 1% and 4.25% increases from the Governor’s proposal in FY 17 and FY 18 respectively.

The Governor had also proposed making the postsecondary institutions funding subject to performance or outcome-based funding beginning in FY 18 with 33% of their base building up to 100% by 2020. The House removed the performance funding provisions, but did set up a steering committee to establish equitable performance funding in the future.

Scholarships – The House provided $33 million to fund their Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program. This new program would provide free, last-dollar tuition funds for graduating high school students attending KCTCS. This program was not something included in the Governor’s budget. The Governor’s budget also moved all lottery proceeds for education to a new workforce development scholarship fund. The House directed these proceeds to scholarships as well, but they utilized the College Access Program (CAP) and Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG) programs for need-based aid administered by KHEAA.

The budget also provided $57 million to the needs-based Kentucky Tuition Grant and College Access Program.

Governors Scholars Program – The House restored funding to Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program with an additional $75,000 General Fund support in each fiscal year.
 
Workforce Development Bond Pool Removed
To meet the demand for advanced manufacturing jobs, other high-skill and information technology jobs, the Governor provided for a $100 million bond pool. These dollars would have been co-invested with local communities for these projects. The House removed that bonding capacity in their version of the budget. GLI is strongly supportive of increased dollars for workforce funding and hopes that the bond pool or an alternate funding source will be reintroduced to meet Kentucky’s growing workforce needs.

Rainy Day Fund
The House budget paid for many of its increased expenses by cutting the bond pool, as mentioned above, and substantially decreasing the amount set aside for the State’s ‘Rainy Day’ fund from $524 million. The Fund still increases from $209 million to $283 million, which is larger than the 2001 record.

State Offices & Agencies
The House also restored funding that the Governor’s proposed budget cut to the budgets of state elected officials (attorney general, secretary of state, etc.), the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, and some other agencies.
 
Funding Critical Needs in Greater Louisville:

  • Quality and Charity Care Trust Fund would receive up to $4.5 million in FY 17 and $6 million in FY 18 for University Hospital. The funding is contingent on $2.5 and $5 million respectively from Metro Louisville.
  • Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation would receive $450,000 in appropriations to be used for projects related to Waterfront Park.
  • West Louisville FoodPort would receive $4,139,200 in FY 16 for Phase I of the project
  • Kentucky Innovation and Commercialization Center Program received sufficient funding to maintain 13 innovation and commercialization centers through FY 18

 
Next Steps
The budget now travels to the Senate where their version of the state’s spending plan is expected within the next week.  Subsequently, a conference committee made up of legislative leaders will meet to hammer out any differences before legislators break for veto recess on March 30.

March Madness: Budget Edition

Five things you need to know about This Week in Frankfort:

  1. Democrats Retain Majority in House – Democrats went into Tuesday controlling the House 50-46 with four open seats that could have changed the balance of power in the House. Voters went to the polls Tuesday in special elections to fill those four vacant House seats and Democrat candidates won three of those four elections, giving the Democrats a 53-47 majority in the State House. Read our analysis.
  2. House Budget – Timing – We are expecting the House to pass their version of the budget on Tuesday, assuming that the special elections are certified Tuesday morning so that the new House members can be seated Tuesday afternoon. The House Democrats need those new members seated, so that they have enough votes to pass the budget. Tuesday will be the 47th legislative day, leaving only 11 legislative days for the Senate to review and pass their version of the budget, for House and Senate leaders to convene a budget conference committee, and get final passage on or before March 29 so that it can go to the Governor to consider any vetoes.
  3. House Budget – Content – There are more questions than answers at this point, outside of a few comments made by Speaker Stumbo this week. We are expecting the cuts Governor Bevin proposed to K-12 and Postsecondary education to be mitigated significantly. However, the other cuts to state agencies proposed by Governor Bevin are likely to remain.
  4. GLI’s Top Priority Passes House – GLI’s number one legislative priority is passage of legislation allowing for the Local Investments for Transformation, liftkentucky.com. House Bill 2, a constitutional amendment allowing for LIFT, and House Bill 374 the enabling legislation, both passed the House this week. The bills now head to the Senate for consideration. A big thanks to the House of Representatives, particularly Speaker Stumbo, Minority Leader Hoover, and Rep. Tommy Thompson.
  5. Returning Pharmacy Jobs to Kentucky – Several years ago, outdated pharmacy regulations prevented pharmaceutical distributor Medco from locating in Kentucky. House Bill 527, filed by Rep. Tom Burch and co-sponsored by Rep. Jerry Miller, would for limited distribution mail order pharmacies to operate in the Commonwealth. It has passed out of committee and is on the House Consent Calendar. GLI has played a critical leadership role in promoting this legislation because it would allow one of GLI’s members to create a pharmacy hub in Louisville. We appreciate the bi-partisan leadership demonstrated by Reps. Burch and Miller.

GLI has a comprehensive legislative agenda for 2016. Below is an update on some of the bills from the agenda:

Key Bills Moving Forward This Week

Felony Expungement – This is a critical workforce issue for GLI.

  • House Bill 40Senate Judiciary – Filed by Louisville Representative Daryl Owens, would allow for the expungement of some non-violent class D felonies. Requires a 5 year waiting period.
  • Senate Bill 298Senate Judiciary – Filed by Senate President Robert Stivers, is the Senate’s expungement bill. The bill exempts very specific felonies and requires a 10 year waiting period.

Franchises

  • Senate Bill 198Senate Floor – This legislation filed by Sen. Wil Schroder, would provide that neither a franchisee nor an employee of a franchisee shall be deemed to be an employee of the franchisor for purposes of wage and hour laws, occupational safety laws, unemployment laws, and workers comp laws. GLI supports this bill.

LIFT – These two bills deal directly with GLI’s top legislative priority:

  • House Bill 374Passed House, awaiting Senate action – The LIFT enabling legislation was filed by Rep. Tommy Thompson.
  • House Bill 2Passed House, awaiting Senate action – Filed by Speaker Stumbo and Minority Leader Hoover, the constitutional amendment would allow for a local option sales tax.

Justice Reform

  • House Bill 412House Floor – would create a new category of misdemeanor as well as implement additional reforms that would streamline the redemption process for non-violent felons. GLI supports a smarter, more cost-effective approach to criminal justice.

Pensions

  • Senate Bill 2House State Government – Sen. Bowen’s bill would make the pension systems more transparent and accountable.

Pharmacy Administration

  • House Bill 527Posted for Passage on House Consent Agenda – Filed by Rep. Tom Burch and co-sponsored by Rep. Jerry Miller, would amend Kentucky’s pharmacy law to allow restricted distribution pharmacies to perform administrative activities outside of a licensed pharmacy in the United States, while protecting patients’ interests by keeping activities related to the evaluation and implementation of drug orders, including dispensing activities, inside licensed pharmacies. GLI has been a driving force behind this legislation.

Workforce Development

Work Ready Kentucky

  • House Bill 626House Floor – The House Democrat’s Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program passed the House Appropriations & Revenue committee this week and it is poised to be voted off the House floor next week. The program would provide free tuition for graduating high school students attending the state’s community and technical colleges. The program is apparently not requiring new dollars, but is being funded out of other funds in Governor Bevin’s budget.

Key Bills

Business & Non-Profit Regulation

  • House Bill 367House Floor – Filed by Speaker Pro Tem Jody Richards, would make technical changes to modernize the current laws governing Kentucky’s nonprofit sector and would exempt veteran-owned businesses from paying certain filing fees to the Secretary of State.

Distillery Modernization – Two key bills of interest: GLI supports placing the distilled spirits industry on equal footing with wineries and breweries in the Commonwealth:

  • House Bill 433House Licensing & Occupations – Focuses specifically on clean-up of distilled spirits issues, was filed with 41 members of the House signing on as co-sponsors.
  • Senate Bill 11House Licensing & Occupations – Is an omnibus clean-up of various alcohol-related issues, including the distillery issues in HB 433. (Posted and poised for hearing this week)

Educational Reciprocity

  • Senate Bill 140Passed Senate, Awaiting House Action – Filed by Sen. Max Wise, would allow the Council on Postsecondary Education to enter into reciprocity agreements with institutions in other states to provide distance education to Kentucky residents. GLI is supportive of this bill.

Education Standards – Two keys bills of interest on education standards:

  • Senate Bill 1House Education – SB 1 is an omnibus education reform proposal that will set up a process for reviewing the state’s education standards and aligning them with the assessment and accountability system. GLI continues to listen to its education partners as to how SB 1 may impact the significant progress Kentucky is currently making in education.
  • Senate Bill 210 & House Bill 553Senate & House Education – SB 210 & HB 553 would repeal and replace Kentucky’s current academic standards, which would be an inefficient use of dollars and time for our teachers. GLI is opposed to SB 210 & HB 553.

Encourage Computer Science in Schools

  • Senate Bill 107House Education – Would encourage the development of more computer science programs in local schools. GLI supports this legislation.

Expanded Gaming

  • Senate Bill 144Senate Veterans – Sponsored by Sen. Morgan McGarvey and Sen. Julie Raque Adams, this is a constitutional amendment legalizing casino gaming and dedicating 90% of the proceeds to Kentucky’s public employee pensions. GLI took a leadership role in support of this measure.

Historic Preservation Tax Credits

  • House Bill 424House Appropriations & Revenue – Filed by Co-Chairman Rick Rand, would raise the program cap for commercial projects below $3 million in qualified expenditures to $9 million and the per project cap to $900,000; establish a $1 million program cap for residential projects; and create a new incentive for “catalytic commercial projects” above $3 million in qualified expenditures.

KEES for Dual Credit

  • Senate Bill 127Senate Appropriations & Revenue – This legislation would allow Kentucky students to use their KEES scholarships for dual credit courses while they are still in high school. GLI is supportive of SB 127.

Kentucky Preference in Procurement

  • House Bill 227House State Government – Filed by Rep. Jeff Donohue, would give a preference in state procurement to products made in Kentucky regardless of cost or availability. GLI is concerned this bill could lead to increased costs.

Kentucky Economic Development Partnership

  • House Bill 216Senate Economic Development – Filed by Rep. Mike Denham, would add the chairperson of the Commission on Small Business Advocacy and a representative from the NFIB/Kentucky to the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership. GLI supports this measure.

Landlord Liability

  • Senate Bill 68House Judiciary – Would correct a 2012 KY Supreme Court ruling that made a landlord strictly liable for the actions of a tenant’s dog. GLI will be pushing for its consideration.

Lawn Service Workers Comp Exemption

  • House Bill 56House Floor – Rep. Myron Dossett includes lawn services to the list of exemptions from workers’ compensation on a private home for not more than 20 days.

Limited Liability Entity Tax

  • House Bill 292House Appropriations & Revenue – Filed by Rep. Brent Yonts, would expand the definition of “cost of goods sold” under the LLET to include any costs allowed by the Internal Revenue Code. GLI is a proponent of this bill.

Maternity Leave

  • House Bill 627House Labor & Industry – Filed by Rep. James Kay, would require employers with more than 50 employees to provide 6 weeks paid maternity leave for an employee. GLI opposes this legislation because it places an unnecessary mandate on employers.

Medical Review Panels

  • Senate Bill 6Senate Floor – Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, creates a system of medical review panels to address the escalating costs directly attributed to Kentucky’s uncontrolled medical liability climate. GLI supports this legislation.

Pensions – Several bills of interest:

  • Senate Bill 2House State Government – Sen. Bowen’s bill would make the pension systems more transparent and accountable.
  • House Bill 1House Appropriations & Revenue – Speaker Stumbo’s proposal to shore up the KY Teachers Retirement system with $3.3 billion in bonding. (After passing committee this week it was recommitted to A&R, we expect this will play out in the budget)
  • House Bill 271House State Government – Rep. Jerry Miller’s bill requires benefit information to be disclosed by the retirement systems.
  • Senate Bill 45House State Government – Sen. McDaniel’s bill requires disclosure of information related to pensions of current and former members of the legislature.
  • House Bill 238Senate State & Local Government – Rep. Yonts’ bill requires the Public Pension Oversight Board to hire their own actuary to do an actuarial audit of the state-administered retirement systems at least every 10 years and review the retirement system’s budget requests every two years.

Vacant & Abandoned Properties – GLI supports efforts by local governments and developers to return vacant and abandoned properties to productive use and the tax rolls. There are two bills of note:

  • Senate Bill 229Senate State & Local Government – Filed by Sens. Morgan McGarvey, Julie Raque Adams, and Denise Harper Angel, would expand the abilities of land bank authorities to hold, renovate, and lease vacant and abandoned properties if a satisfactory bid is not made at auction.
  • Senate Bill 230Senate Floor – Filed by Sens. Morgan McGarvey, Julie Raque Adams, and Dan Seum, would expand local government authority to make spot condemnations and more quickly return vacant, abandoned, and blighted properties to productive use.

Prevailing Wage – GLI supports the repeal of prevailing wage laws and sees these bills as good steps forward:

  • Senate Bill 9 – Voted down in House Labor & Industry – Sponsored by Sen. Schroder would exempt public construction projects of $250,000 or more from the state’s prevailing wage laws.
  • Senate Bill 94Senate State & Local Government – Senator McDaniel’s bill would allow local governments to opt out of prevailing wage for public works.

Public Benefit Corporations

  • House Bill 50Senate Judiciary – Sponsored by Rep. Flood and Rep. Jerry Miller, would permit public benefit corporations, which is a corporation that allows a company’s board of directors to take “public benefit” into account, in addition to shareholder benefit, when making decisions about the company. GLI has taken a leadership role in making PBCs possible in Kentucky.

Public-Private Partnerships (P3)

  • House Bill 309Senate Economic Development, Tourism, & Labor Committee – Sponsored by Rep. Leslie Combs, it would allow for P3s as a critical tool for the Commonwealth accomplishing economic development projects in cooperation with private industry. GLI supports allowing P3s in Kentucky.
  • Senate Bill 132 – Senate Economic Development – Sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, is the Senate companion bill to HB 309.

Radon Mitigation

  • House Bill 272Senate Licensing & Occupations – Filed by Rep. Tommy Thompson, would exempt residential building contractors installing vent pipes from radon mitigation certification requirements, making Kentucky contractors more competitive and efficient. GLI supports this legislation.

Right To Work – GLI supports this legislation as one of our top priorities.

  • Senate Bill 3Senate Economic Development – Filed by Senate President Robert Stivers, is this session’s Right to Work bill.

Road Aid Modernization

  • House Bill 69, House Appropriations & Revenue – Reformulates the road fund revenue sharing to a formula of thirds based on population, road mileage, and land area. GLI supports a more equitable share of road funds for urban areas.

Sick Leave

  • HB 617House Labor & Industry – Filed by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, would require employers to provide earned paid sick leave to employees. GLI opposes this legislation because it places an unnecessary mandate on employers.

School Leadership

  • House Bill 184 Senate Education – Sponsored by Louisville Delegation Chair Jeff Donohue, is one of the key education issues for Louisville and JCPS for the 2016 Session is to give superintendents more flexibility in selection of principals within school districts. GLI is a proponent of this legislation.

Smoke-Free Legislation

  • House Bill 351House Health & Welfare – Filed by Rep. Susan Westrom, would prohibit smoking in indoor public places. GLI is supportive.

Tax Reform Proposal

  • House Bill 342House Appropriations & Revenue – Rep. Jim Wayne filed this omnibus tax reform proposal that relies on many of the recommendations from former Governor Beshear’s tax reform task force. The bill creates a burden for many industries by placing a personal property tax on manufacturing equipment, retail inventory, and raw materials, including distilled spirits. Businesses operating in other states could be taxed by Kentucky if they are not taxed by the other state, which could create a competitive disadvantage for Kentucky.  GLI is supportive of comprehensive tax reform that is consumption-based and pro-business.  Learn more about our tax reform recommendations here.
  • House Bill 247House Appropriations & Revenue – Sponsored by Rep. Watkins, this bill increases the cigarette tax. GLI believes this would be a positive step to raise revenue for the Commonwealth.

Workers Compensation Subrogation

  • House Bill 200House Labor & Industry – Filed by Rep. Bart Rowland, would clean up statutes related to workers compensation insurance subrogation in favor of employers. This would save employers money and make Kentucky more attractive for business.

Workers Compensation Temporary Total Disability – Two bills:

  • Senate Bill 151 & House Bill 311 both await action in House Labor & Industry – would allow payments of temporary total disability benefits to be offset by wages paid to an employee by an employer for light duty or alternative duty work performed during a period of temporary total disability. GLI supports this legislation.

Workforce Development

Help LIFT Pass the House Today!

GLI has been a big supporter of Local Investments for Transformation (LIFT) Kentucky, a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow local citizens an up-or-down vote on the funding of fixed infrastructure projects and costs at the city and county level.

House Bill 2 is a bipartisan measure sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Minority Leader Jeff Hoover that has the support of over 80+ groups representing Kentucky’s business, civic, labor, and local governments in rural and urban communities across the Commonwealth.

As LIFT Kentucky progresses through the Kentucky House we ask that you remind your elected representatives and Senators of your support.  Follow the steps below to locate your legislator’s contact information. Please also share your support for LIFT on Facebook and via Twitter

Step 1:
FIND your Legislator 

Select Who’s My Legislator. Insert your address. Once your address appears on the map, click on the map for more information, or use this handy automated form.

Step 2:
CONTACT your Legislator

     Email by selecting this link 
     OR 
     Call (502) 564-8100 and ask for them by name
     OR 
     Call (800) 372-7181 and leave a message for a Legislator

Step 3:
TELL Your Representative and Senator:

Let local VOTERS decide on important local projects that will improve quality of life and economic development. Please support HB2 and LIFT Kentucky.