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Legislative Update: Sen. Max Wise - 13 Jan 2017

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By State Senator Max Wise, (R-Campbellsville)
16th District: Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne Counties

Pro-business and pro-life measures highlighted a fast-paced and productive first week of the 2017 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. We witnessed history as my friend Jeff Hoover was sworn in as Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, the first Republican Speaker under a Republican majority in 95 years. We passed several bills to promote job creation, protect the rights of the unborn, and increase transparency in our legislative pensions.

The Senate passed a legislative pension transparency bill that makes the pensions and retirement information of current and former legislators available to the public upon request. We also passed the Paycheck Protection Act that will ensure union workers get to keep more of their hard-earned dollars and a bill to lay out a path to put the University of Louisville back on track amidst their Board of Trustee woes. Last but not least, the Senate passed a 20-week abortion ban that upholds the integrity of life. The majority of these bills passed with bipartisan support.

Our House colleagues had a similarly busy week. They also passed a pro-life bill, House Bill (HB) 2, which would require an ultrasound before having an abortion. They also passed two bills to make Kentucky more job-friendly: Right-to-Work and repealing prevailing wage on public projects, saving taxpayer money.

We worked through Saturday this week in order to ensure these bills were passed by both chambers and signed into law by Governor Matt Bevin before we got into a month-long recess before going back into Session. The people of Kentucky gave us a mandate in November to get our state back on track, and we hope these bills will begin to do just that.

I was proud of the way we handled business this week and truly believe we are doing what our constituents sent us to Frankfort to do: create more Kentucky jobs and strengthen Kentucky families.

If you have any questions or comments about these issues or any other public policy issue, please call me toll-free at 1-800-372-7181 or email me at You can also review the Legislature's work online at

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