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January 31, 2017 9:04pm

Speaker Hoover Previews Part II of 2017 Session


House Speaker Jeff Hoover spoke to local business leaders at GLI’s Capitol Connections luncheon yesterday and provided a review of the first week of the 2017 legislative session. During his remarks, Speaker Hoover offered an outlook on what to expect for the remaining 25 days of the 30 day session when the legislature reconvenes on February 7th.

Speaker Hoover emphasized to the crowd of 215 at the Olmsted that the General Assembly’s focus would remain on pro-business, economic issues. Several of GLI’s state legislative priorities have already passed this session and signed into law, including right to work, paycheck protection, the repeal of prevailing wage, and legislator pension transparency.

Greater Louisville Inc. looks forward to working with Speaker Hoover and the new house majority to continue our push for legislation to improve the business climate in the remaining days of the 2017 legislative session.  A few outstanding priorities include working towards the passage of medical review panels, which would permit a panel of impartial medical professionals to examine the merits of lawsuits against health care providers. GLI will also be continuing our efforts to improve the education environment in Kentucky with charter school and school choice scholarship legislation and working to pass a law to allow Public Benefit Corporations, so Kentucky can attract new businesses, entrepreneurs and investments.

We are encouraged by Speaker Hoover’s prediction that these issues will have the legislature’s attention when they reconvene and GLI will be there to ensure the business community’s voice is heard on these critical issues.