Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Talent Development Center Stage for Chamber During Legislative Session

Posted by: Kim Phelps, Vice President of Communications and Public Policy

On February 4th, the federal District Court struck down local Right to Work ordinances in Kentucky. U.S. District Court Judge David Hale invalidated Hardin County’s ban, ruling that only state governments can opt out of a federal law that allows closed shop or agency shop agreements that require employees to join a labor union or pay union dues regardless of whether they are union members. We do expect an appeal to be filed, and we are actively following the issue. We will provide updates as we have them. 

On February 9th, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay, halting implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan pending the resolution of legal challenges to the program in court. The Clean Power Plan is the Obama Administration’s package of environmental regulations on coal fired power plants. This set of regulations could be detrimental to economic development in the Commonwealth and we are closely monitoring the activity on this issue. We will continue to keep you informed as we receive updates. 

At the state level, the Chamber is still working hard to ensure talent initiatives take center stage. At present, we are tracking two pieces of legislation on the talent front. SCR 75 and HCR 97 both contemplate taking a top to bottom look at the public workforce system and identifying ways to make it more efficient and responsive to you the business community. Our Chamber team is working closely with legislators and lobbyists to ensure the most effective and beneficial piece of legislation is passed this session. 

In addition, we continue to work closely with the new administration to ensure the Pilot Project that we initiated with the previous administration continues toward implementation.  

As always, we thank you for your consideration and your commitment to South Central Kentucky. If there are any issues you are interested in or would like more information on, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Category: Legislative Issues


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