Democratic Caucus assails Carr's vote
by Hawkins Teague
Oct 04, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Kentucky House Democratic Caucus is planning on spending $20,000 sending automated phone calls to homes in Republican-held House districts attacking them for several votes during their terms. James Carr (R-Hopkinsville), the incumbent representative for the eighth district, is one of the legislators under fire for a vote he made in March on House Bill 399, which related to gender-based wage discrimination. It passed the House of Representatives 72--22 but was defeated in the Senate.

“Equal pay is a family issue, not just a women’s issue,” said Rep. Joni Jenkins, the bill’s sponsor, in a press release from the HDC. “This affects everyone in Kentucky. Taking money out of women’s pockets takes money out of families’ pockets.”

At issue is whether or not the bill was necessary and whether it would have been effective in defining “comparable worth,” adding to gender-based wage discrimination laws already on the books. The bill defines comparable worth as “the value of the work measured by the skill, effort and responsibility usually required in the performance of the work.”

Carr told The Cadiz Record that he had been wary of voting for the bill because it was unclear who would make that determination in applying it to jobs. He said that since there are already laws that prohibit gender discrimination in wages, the bill was unnecessary and would be adding more government to something that has already been taken care of. He said he was afraid that a government agency would have to define which jobs were of comparable worth and that he felt that should be left up to the employer in a free enterprise system.

“It would have cost taxpayers more money and it takes authority away from the employer,” Carr said.

For the rest of the story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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