Legislative Update: Alcohol modernization and nuclear energy bills move forward

Alcohol Modernization

A bill seeking to keep the bourbon industry competitive and bring economic opportunities to Kentucky passed out of the Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee Tuesday.

House Bill 100, sponsored by Rep. Chad McCoy, modernizes laws to level the playing field for distillers, strengthen the production standards for Kentucky whiskey and allow the sale of vintage bottles. The Kentucky Chamber is a strong supporter of our state’s signature bourbon industry.

The alcohol modernization measure now heads to the full Senate for a vote on the floor.

Nuclear Power Plants

The House Economic Development and Workforce Investment Committee voted Tuesday to lift Kentucky’s ban on nuclear power by passing SB 11, sponsored by Sen. Danny Carroll.  Not only does SB 11 lift the nuclear moratorium, but ensures that nuclear power facilities have a plan for the storage of nuclear waste.

The Kentucky Chamber supports lifting the ban which would allow electricity providers to consider nuclear power when planning to meet future demand for electricity. SB 11 now heads to the full House for a floor vote.

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