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FRANKFURT – Several new laws passed by the Kentucky General Assembly come into effect Wednesday in the Commonwealth.
Some of these laws include Bill 563, which has two main parts.
The first part would allow students to choose which school district to attend outside of their county of residence.
âAs of July 1, 2022, non-resident students admitted in accordance with the district policies relating to non-resident students adopted under section 2 of this Act; and a non-resident student attending a district in which a parent of the student is employed. All tuition fees charged to a non-resident student may be waived for a student who meets the requirements of this paragraph, âthe bill says.
According to the bill, by July 1, 2022, school boards are to adopt a non-resident student policy to govern the conditions under which the district allows children to attend any public school located in the district. .
The second part of the bill establishes a program of study opportunities account.
“The purpose of the EOA program is to give residents of Kentucky more flexibility and choice in education and to address disparities in the educational options available to students,” the bill said.
According to the bill, EOA funds are allocated by an account granting body in order to pay for education and student-related expenses of the EOA.
State Representative William Lawrence, who voted for the bill, said that while he was not excited about all aspects of the bill, he voted for the EOA which would help students to cover their education expenses.
âAs with any type of legislation, I am not excited about everything in this bill,â he said. âThe $ 25 million in tax credits is money that helps our students. The vast majority of our students in our districts would be eligible for this assistance. “
Another bill is Senate Bill 127 which encourages schools to keep bronchodilator rescue inhalers in at least two locations. It also requires that schools equipped with inhalers have policies in place for the use of the devices.
House Bill 312 limits the ability of people who live, work, or conduct business in the state of Kentucky to obtain records through the state’s open records law.
Lawrence said he voted for the bill because it would be difficult for people out of state to obtain personal information about residents of Kentucky.
âWe had a lot of people emailing unemployment and they would include their social security numbers and there was talk about medical marijuana by people who wanted here and maybe went elsewhere to get it. These are personal things that we didn’t want to see if people made FAITH requests, âhe said.
According to Lawrence, it will also make the Freedom of Information request process easier by creating a form that residents can fill out instead of having to send a letter.
âThe state has received so much FAITH recently that it was almost impossible to do anything else. This will make this process easier for everyone.
Other laws include:
– House Bill 210 which obliges employers to offer the same number of leaves to parents adopting a child under 10 years of age as to biological parents.
– House Bill 402 which changes the amount of blatant non-support from $ 1,000 to $ 5,000.
– Bill 272 will allow water districts to impose late fees of 10% and cut services in the event of non-payment.
– Senate Bill 55 will ban co-payments to Medicaid recipients.
– Bill 126 will increase the threshold for criminal theft from $ 500 to $ 1,000.