On Monday, Kentucky lawmakers exceeded Andy Beshear's government veto over a bill that would prevent the state from adopting all occupational safety and health standards that are more restrictive than those applied by the U.S. Department of Labor.
H.B. 475 states that neither the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board nor the Secretary of State 's may issue any rules of safety and health at work that are stricter than those of the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act. The House vote 63-31 and the Senate vote 23-15, largely on party lines, overturned the Beshear government's veto issued on March 23.
The Republican-sponsored bill, which passed the state House and Senate earlier this month, allows the state to retain authority to enforce rules that apply to public employees because the Work Environment Act does not apply to public workers.
Gov. Beshear said in a statement that he did not support the legislation "because it deliberately weakens the health and safety of Kentucky workers."