Abortion, right-to-work among first bills considered in legislative session

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Day 2 of the 30-day legislative session in Frankfort is underway.

Republican majority leaders say the party's primary goal is creating a business-friendly environment in Kentucky. Senate President Robert Stivers says passing a right-to-work law is one of those top priorities.

If passed, the law would enable workers in union workplaces to choose whether or not to be a member.

A House committee heard testimony on the bill, know as House Bill 1, on Wednesday morning. Around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, the bill passed the committee with a 17-8 vote. It will likely go to a vote on the House floor on Thursday afternoon.

There was a large crowd of protesters gathered to speak against the bill. They chanted in the hallways and at one point, a union leader engaged in what appeared to be an intense conversation with Gov. Matt Bevin.

The House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee also advanced House Bill 3 to repeal prevailing wage. House Speaker Russ Hoover says a floor vote would likely also take place for this bill on Thursday.

Another committee heard testimony on House Bill 2, which would require an ultrasound before abortions. There were protesters at the Capitol opposing the passing of this legislation.

This session ends March 30, but that includes a break from Jan. 9 through Feb. 6.