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The second week of the 2020 session of the Kentucky General Assembly came to an end on Friday closing out the ninth legislative day of this long, sixty-day budget session. The tempo of legislative activity picked up last week with the first committee hearings, passage of bills on the floor…

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Senate gives approval to GLI-backed USMCA

The U.S. Senate voted to approve the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement this afternoon, sending it to President Trump’s desk for his signature.  A top federal priority for GLI, USMCA will modernize its predecessor, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, and bring much needed certainty to greater Louisville…

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Sports betting bill passes House Committee

Momentum is building behind sports wagering legislation in Frankfort. This morning, the House Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations Committee voted unanimously in support of House Bill 137. This legislation, sponsored by Representative Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger) and Representative Al Gentry (D-Louisville), would authorize sports wagering in the Commonwealth and establish effective…

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Key GLI Priorities in Governor Beshear’s State of the Commonwealth address

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear delivered his first State of the Commonwealth address this evening to a joint session of the General Assembly. Historically, the State of the Commonwealth has served as an opportunity for Kentucky governors – especially new governors – to highlight major policy initiatives and priorities for the…

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KYGA20: First week wrap-up

The 2020 session of the Kentucky General Assembly got underway last week on January 7th. This is a 60-day session where legislators will consider and act on the biennial state budget. There were no committee meetings during the week. Legislative activity was confined to the House and Senate Chambers with…

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What you need to know for the 2020 legislative sessions in Frankfort & Indy

With the new year just around the corner, Kentucky and Indiana lawmakers will be heading back to their respective state capitals for the 2020 legislative sessions. 2020 is shaping up to be a pivotal year in politics and public policy. More than ever, it will be critical for business and…

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Major GLI wins in year-end federal spending bill

Tucked into Congress’ year-end spending bill were two major GLI federal priorities, both of which stand to have significant impacts on the greater Louisville economy.  On December 20, President Trump signed into law two spending bills that will fund the federal government through September 30, 2020, and, in turn, stave…

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Advocacy into Action: Senate President Robert Stivers Previews #KYGA20

Speaking before a sold-out crowd of business, civic, and community leaders, Kentucky State Senate President Robert Stivers stressed the need to bridge the Commonwealth’s urban-rural divide and previewed the upcoming 2020 state legislative session.  Stivers’ remarks capped off GLI’s Advocacy into Action event, presented by Ford, on December 17. At…

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Greater Louisville Inc. Releases 2020 State Legislative Agenda

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (December 17, 2019) – Before a sold-out audience of business, civic, and community leaders, Greater Louisville Inc. released its legislative priorities for the upcoming sessions in both Kentucky and Indiana. The 2020 State Legislative Agenda includes advocacy in Kentucky for city and county government tax reform, public transportation, expanded…

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Op-ed: Recovery through Employment: How Employers Can Help Fight the Substance Use Disorder Crisis

This article first appeared in Louisville Business First on December 13, 2019.  Despite welcome changes in public policy, billions of dollars in new funding and programs, and the best intentions of civic and community leaders, America’s substance use disorder crisis rages on. More than 130 people in the United States…

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