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In response to criticism of the law, Koenig said “not everyone who had a specific interest was involved.. I’m not sure I was even aware of NIOSH.”
Koenig added that he is “open to a better way of doing it” and may seek a hearing on possible changes in the law during legislative interim committee meetings this summer and fall.
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Wilson is also president of the Kentucky Workers’ Association and participated in confidential negotiations focused on the black lung claims legislation.
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