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June 25, 2019 9:58am

New laws in Kentucky going into effect on June 27th

It’s been close to 90 days since Kentucky’s 2019 legislative session ended, which means many of the bills passed by lawmakers will soon go into effect. The Kentucky Constitution provides that the default effective date for new laws is 90 days after session adjournment unless the legislature specifies an effective date for a particular bill or provision or attaches an emergency clause to a piece of legislation. June 27th marks 90 days since March 28th.  

New laws going into effect on June 27th include several priorities of the Greater Louisville business community. 

  • Pro-workforce changes to Kentucky’s expungement laws. Senate Bill 57 (Senator Jimmy Higdon) removes barriers to workforce participation by increasing eligibility for Class D felony expungement and lowering application costs. Since 2016, more than 3,000 Kentuckians have had their records expunged and are now positioned to join the workforce. This legislation opens the door for thousands more Kentuckians to seek new employment and career opportunities. Read more about this law here
  • Fair competition for government contracts. House Bill 135 (Representative Phillip Pratt) prohibits public agencies from requiring contractors for public works projects to have agreements with labor organizations. This law will support fair competition among contractors by creating a level playing field when it comes to competing for public works projects. 
  • Support for pregnant workers. Senate Bill 18 (Senator Alice Forgy Kerr) clarifies in state statute employers’ obligations when it comes to providing reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. With one of the lowest female workforce participation rates in the nation, this legislation can help support working women while also providing valuable guidance for employers. Read more about this law here.
  • Tobacco-free schools. House Bill 11 (Representative Kim Moser) will ban the use of tobacco, e-cigarettes, and vaping devices on public school properties. Smoking represents one of Kentucky’s most significant health and workforce development challenges and also drives up costs for employers. Any measures the legislature can pursue to help reduce smoking rates in the Commonwealth is a positive step forward.

Learn more about pro-business legislation passed in 2019 by reading GLI’s 2019 Legislative Outcomes report.