Contractor bill clears Kentucky Senate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill that would allow a greater number of employees to be legally classified as independent contractors has passed the Kentucky Senate.

The bill would also shield primary contractors from liability for illegal activity conducted by the subcontractors they hire.

All workers' compensation decisions regarding contractors and subcontractors would be handled by the Labor Cabinet.

Sen. John Schickel, a Republican from Union, is the bill sponsor. He says the measure has the support of Kentucky's business sector and would be beneficial for business interests in the state.

Sen. Ray Jones, a Democrat from Pikeville, cautioned the Senate that the bill doesn't provide funding to the Labor Cabinet to handle disputes.

The measure passed 24-14, and now moves to the House for consideration.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 81.

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