Pension Transparency Bill is Good First Step

Senate Bill 3, which passed the House and Senate the first week of the 2017 session, and was supported by State Representative Diane St. Onge, provides an example for needed government transparency by making the value of lawmakers’ pensions available for public viewing.

Kentucky’s pension systems have a shortfall of more than $80 billion – with a “b.” Pension reform begins with transparency, making the legislators’ pension transparency bill a solid first step, with much more work to follow.

New Laws Restrict Abortion After 20 Weeks, Provide Mothers with More Information

Two new laws supported by State Representative Diane St. Onge provide protections for the unborn and provide mothers with more information prior to abortion decisions.

Senate Bill 5 prohibits an abortion of an unborn child of 20 weeks gestation or more, except in cases of a medical emergency, and House Bill 2 requires physicians to provide ultrasounds prior to performing an abortion and to give the mother the option of viewing the images and/or hearing the baby’s heartbeat. As Gov. Bevin noted, “The least we can do for prospective mothers faced with such a difficult and life-altering decision is to provide them with the best information medical science has to offer about their baby.”

General Assembly Passes Jobs Legislation in First Week of Session

State Representative Diane St. Onge proudly supported new legislation in the first week of the 2017 legislative session to boost free enterprise, protect workers’ paychecks, and increase the power of taxpayer dollars in spending on public projects.
Kentucky joined 26 other states in passing Right to Work legislation, eliminating the requirement to join a union as a condition of employment. The General Assembly also passed a paycheck protection bill allowing workers to “opt in” to have union dues withheld from their paycheck, rather than the current practice of an employer automatically deducting dues unless a worker chooses to “opt out.”
The General Assembly also repealed the state’s prevailing wage law, which was criticized as unnecessarily inflating the cost of public projects, hampering school districts from constructing needed facilities, for example.
“With the passage of these critical bills, Kentucky sends a strong message to job creators that we are very serious about attracting and retaining the best jobs in the country,” Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover said in a statement.