Hardin County is in line to become the fifth county in Kentucky to pass a local right-to-work law.
The fiscal court is expected to give final approval Tuesday afternoon to a measure that allows workers in unionized companies to choose whether to join the union and pay dues. Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry believes a local law is necessary to attract economic growth.
"We have a mega site that's just south of Elizabethtown in a community called Glendale with some 15,000 acres," Berry told WKU Radio Radio. "It's a large site that is prime and ready to go."
Berry says local leaders are ready to go what Frankfort has not.
"I'd like to see the state do it statewide. If the state had been successfully over the years of doing it, we wouldn't be in the position of counties trying to do this individually," added Berry. "You might ask why we haven't done it before now and it's because we didn't realize we had the ability to do it before."
The matter is expected to wind up in court as legal opinions vary on whether local governments have the authority to pass right-to-work laws.
Hardin County would join Warren, Simpson, Todd, and Fulton counties in approving local measures.