2016 Legislature…Week Two ReportKAM
The General Assembly put some of their politics behind them and got down to business this week, closing out the second week of the session heading into a legislative holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. day on Monday, January 18. The legislative process has yet to reach full capacity as there are still several committees in each chamber that have yet to meet and some have already announced their intentions not to meet next week. This is not uncommon in even-year sessions as legislators and legislative leadership wait out the candidate filing deadline on January 26.
In the legislative activity that did take place this week, each chamber moved a couple of their priority bills, including: HB 40 allowing for expungement of non-violent felonies by a vote of 80-11; and SB 9, which exempts school and university construction projects of $250,000 or more from the state’s prevailing wage laws. Leadership in each Chamber hopes that getting these bills an early start will lead to their passage this session.
KAM Day at the Capitol
KAM Day at the Capitol will take place on Thursday, January 21, from 8:00 AM till Noon. Because there is limited seating, please click here to RSVP as soon as possible so that we can make adequate arrangements for the day. We have an exciting agenda, with these speakers:
- 9:00 David Givens, President Pro Tempore, Kentucky Senate
- 9:30 Hal Heiner, Secretary, Education & Workforce Development Cabinet
- 10:00-10:20 KAM Governmental Affairs Team/Greg Higdon Session Preview
- 10:30-10:45 Governor Matt Bevin, Room 110, Capitol Building
- 11:00 Charles G. Snavely, Secretary, Energy & Environment Cabinet
- 11:30 House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins
- 12:00 Adjourn
Bills of Interest to KAM
We will use this section every week to highlight bills of interest to KAM members. Some we will support and some we will oppose, and sometimes we will ask you to contact your legislators to share our position on those bills. Here are a few bills of interest under consideration by the General Assembly this session:
- Right To Work – Senate Bill 3, filed by Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester), is legislation that would give workers a choice regarding joining a union and remove the requirement that employees pay union dues as a condition of employment. KAM supports this legislation.
- Pipelines – Several bills on the topic of pipelines and eminent domain have been filed thus far in the legislative session: SB 26 would prevent reversing the flow or substance carried in a pipeline; HB 168 vesting eminent domain exclusively by state and local governments; HB 213 excludes natural gas liquids from public service eminent domain; and HB 240 related to pipeline safety. KAM supports the use and creation of pipelines to move oil and gas products to market, and would oppose measures like the above that would stifle Kentucky’s participation in the energy marketplace.
Keeping You Informed
As in past years, we will continue to communicate with you weekly with bill tracking lists (click HERE to download current bill list), summaries of legislative actions and dynamics, and specific bills of interest. We will also, of course, contact you immediately as issues of particular interest or concern arise.
We have also resumed our KAM Conversation Conference Calls, which will take place on Thursdays, at 4:00 EST, throughout the Legislative Session and invite KAM Members to call and take part in this dialog each week.
Calendar & Key Dates
You can access the session calendar HERE. Please keep in mind that this calendar can change if the legislature decides to shift days. We will let you know if that happens; however they must adjourn by April 15, according to the Constitution. Below are specific dates of interest.
February 15 – Presidents’ Day (Legislative Holiday, No Session)
February 19 – Last day for bill requests
February 29 – Last day for new House bills
March 2 – Last day for new Senate bills
March 25 and 28 – Concurrence Only
March 29-April 8 – Veto Recess
April 12 – Sine Die
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