2016 Results For Business publication | Page 6

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES Several measures would have improved the economic climate of Kentucky. Sadly, the many positive, pro-business measures below were not passed by the 2016 General Assembly. RIGHT TO WORK SB 3 would have given workers a choice regarding joining a union and prevented the requirement that employees pay union dues as a condition of employment. PENSION TRANSPARENCY SB 2 would have required more transparency and accountability for the state pension systems. WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FIX SB 151/HB 311 would have allowed 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 disability. LIFT-LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX HB 2/HB 374 would have given local communities the option to place an additional sales tax of up to one cent on the ballot for voter approval for transformational community projects. JUSTICE CODE MODERNIZATION HB 412 would have revised Kentucky’s penal code to allow a new classification gross misdemeanor for some non-violent, non-sexual Class D felonies. The bill would have saved the state $23 million. PREVAILING WAGE SB 9 would have excluded educational facilities from prevailing wage, and SB 94 would have allowed local entities to opt out of the requirement. SMOKE FREE WORKPLACES HB 351 would have prohibited smoking in indoor public places. MEDICAL REVIEW PANELS SB 6 would have created a system of medical review panels to address the escalating costs directly attributed to Kentucky’s uncontrolled medical liability climate, an issue of serious concern for Kentucky employers. LIMITED LIABILITY ENTITY TAX HB 292 would have expanded the definition of cost of goods sold to match costs allowed by the Internal Revenue Code. CIRCUIT COURT VENUES SB 202 would have modified standards for venue and jurisdiction in actions against the Commonwealth of Kentucky. LEGISLATIVE PENSION TRANSPARENCY SB 45 would have brought transparency to the legislative retirement system and made information available to the public. NUCLEAR POWER HB 103/SB 89 would have lifted the ban on nuclear power facilities in Kentucky (SB 89) by allowing for onsite storage of spent fuel. HB 103 would have lifted the ban on or within 50 miles of facility that previously manufactured nuclear products. AREA DEV. DISTRICTS TRANSPARENCY HB 438 would have brought more oversight and transparency to the state’s area development districts by establishing new hiring and reporting procedures. CHARTER SCHOOLS The original provisions of SB 253/HB 589 would have made charter schools a part of the state’s education system by permitting pilot programs in Jefferson and Fayette Counties and creating a state licensing authority. BUSINESS VOICES “The Kentucky Chamber listens to and is committed to its members. When a member reached out regarding an adverse Supreme Court decision related to workers’ compensation, the Chamber responded by fervently supporting Senate Bill 151 during the very next legislative session. The Chamber recognizes the significance of workers’ compensation insurance to Kentucky businesses and fights to ensure Kentucky is a friendly environment for industry.” Paige F. Mankovich, Esq. Corporate Counsel for Compliance and Government Affairs Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance Sen. Steve West and Chamber Vice President of Public Affairs spoke in favor of SB 151, a workers’ compensation fix.