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The Bottom Line: Legislators to discuss right-to-work and other labor issues ahead of 2017 session

State Sen. Max Wise, left, state Rep. Adam Koenig, center, and state Rep. Phil Moffett will serve on a panel discussing right-to-work and prevailing wage.

By Jacqueline Pitts, The Bottom Line

Three legislators are set to discuss right-to-work and prevailing wage at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Preview Conference on Dec. 19 in Lexington.

State Reps. Adam Koenig of Erlanger and Phil Moffett of Louisville and state Sen. Max Wise of Campbellsville will speak on a panel about labor issues moderated by Kentucky Chamber Board member Brent Cooper, owner of C-Forward in Covington.

After a historic sweep on Election Day giving House Republicans a supermajority, issues like right-to-work and repeal of the prevailing wage are in play for the first time in years.

The panel of legislators will detail what they expect to see from a bill seeking to repeal the prevailing wage, which inflates the cost of construction projects in the state, and right-to-work legislation, which would allow an employee to choose whether or not they want to be a member of a union.

In absence of a statewide right-to-work law, many Kentucky counties have been passing right-to-work ordinances, which they argue makes them more competitive. And on Friday, a court decision allowed those counties to move forward with those local ordinances.

The panel will discuss the local movement as well as the new momentum behind making Kentucky a right-to-work state.

The Legislative Preview provides you with a rare opportunity to hear many of Kentucky’s top public officials discuss their plans, priorities and predictions before the General Assembly convenes in January.

Make sure you are registered for the event here.

And view the rest of the agenda here.

For more state government news go to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s The Bottom Line blog.