Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ky. House panel defeats bill dealing with prevailing wage

(AP) — A Kentucky House committee has defeated a Republican-backed bill to exempt public school projects from the state's prevailing wage.

Union construction workers in the audience cheered each time a lawmaker voted against the measure. Democrats were joined by one Republican in rejecting the bill Thursday in the House Labor and Industry Committee. The bill passed the GOP-led Senate last month.

Republican Sen. Wil Schroder says the legislation will resurface next year, when the General Assembly's political dynamics could change. House Democrats have seen their majority shrink, and Republicans hope to win control of the chamber in elections this year.

All construction projects on Kentucky public schools over $250,000 must pay workers a predetermined wage based on a survey of similar projects by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.

The legislation is Senate Bill 9.