Here's what the Kentucky legislature passed

Morgan Watkins

Here are the bills the General Assembly passed on Saturday.

Senate President Robert Stivers addresses the body over House Bill 3 as union workers listen in.



House Bill 1 bans requiring that a worker join a union, or pay union dues, as a condition of employment. Opponents say this will allow employees who aren’t union members and don’t pay dues to still benefit from union contracts.

Senate approved, 25-12.

Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown

Repeal prevailing wage 

House Bill 3 repeals a law that requires that union-scale “prevailing wage” rates be paid to construction workers on state and local construction projects including schools and university buildings.

Senate approved, 25-12.

Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown

Union dues paycheck deduction

Senate Bill 6 prohibits employers from deducting union dues from workers’ paychecks without written permission of the worker.

House approved, 57-39.

Sponsor: Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester


Abortion ultrasounds

House Bill 2 requires a woman seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound prior to the procedure. A medical professional would show the woman the images and, if possible, let the woman hear the fetal heartbeat. But the woman would be allowed to refuse to look or listen.

Senate approved, 32-5.

Sponsor:  Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown

20-week abortion ban

Senate Bill 5 prohibits abortion after a woman reaches the 20th week of pregnancy. Exceptions will be made if an abortion is necessary to save a woman's life or prevent substantial, irreversible harm to any of her major bodily functions. But exceptions will not be made for cases of rape or incest or for mental health issues.

House approved, 79-15.

Sponsor: Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard


University of Louisville board

Senate Bill 12 creates a new U of L board comprised of 10 trustees appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate.

House approved, 57-35.

Sponsor: Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester

Disclosure of legislator pensions

Senate Bill 3 makes the pensions paid to state legislators and former state legislators subject to disclosure under the Kentucky Open Records Act.

House approved, 95-1.

Sponsor: Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill


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