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Legislative update from Ellen Yonts Suetholz

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From President Dustin Reinstedler: 

Dear Executive Board and COPE, attached is Ellen's legislative update from last week.  Our Legislative Committee is doing an excellent job staying on top of these anti-worker Bills and lobbying efforts.  A few special thanks from last week - USW held their Lobby Day with what I heard was a record turnout.  Thank you to everyone who attended.  Also, a huge thank you to Jerald and Ellen for putting pulling off another successful Legislative Reception this week at Buffalo Trace.  Lastly, a thank you for the Teamsters who testified with us this week in Committee against HB7.  Unfortunately, HB7 passed and has already had a first reading.  Please be aware that the Teamsters will be having a rally at the Capitol very soon to protect over 50,000 jobs and keep our roadways safe.  Details will likely go out tomorrow afternoon.

From Ellen Yonts Suetholz, legislative agent, Working Strategies 2 LLC:

Hi All - a few updates: 

Again, here are the bills I am tracking updated through today's filings: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1akEK4EbRG7TPisqOI0PtekQeqFx0xNDzhUwsA6GJKa0/edit?usp=sharing

Pension only bills:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kGPCn3GmMtoqSug_lZRL7f08fxte4NyPhrVDdiMame4/edit?usp=sharing

Amid A LOT of activity this week please note: 

Lots of very worker friendly bills filed this week including bills in both the House and Senate related to worker misclassification and reinstating PW BUT they were filed by Democrats so they will not move. 

The budget bills passed out of the House last week were received in the Senate this week and assigned to Senate A&R. They could be heard in committee as early as Wednesday. 

HB 4 was filed this week by Speaker Osborne and could be on the ballot in November if passed to amend the constitution and allow the GA to determine the dates of legislative sessions - sounds a lot like the failed ballot measure of 2022

HB 444 was assigned to committee today and could be heard next week

3 floor amendments were filed to HB 7 this week - importantly they were filed to the CS 

the filing of HB 500 today - a horrible wage and house bill which would repeal many of the protections offered in KRS 337

Next week will mark the halfway mark of the legislative session. The House and Senate are adjourned until Monday at 4pm which is day 29 of the 60-day session. 

Please reach out with any questions or concerns.  

Have a great weekend!

Ellen