FRANKFORT – Most new laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2017 regular session will go into effect on Thursday, June 29.
The Kentucky Constitution specifies that new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature unless they have a special effective date, are general appropriations measures, or include an emergency clause that makes them effective immediately upon becoming law. Final adjournment of the 2017 Regular Session was on March 30, making June 29 the normal effective date for most bills.
Laws taking effect that day include measures on the following topics:
Adult education. HB 195 creates an alternative to the GED program by requiring the Kentucky Adult Education Program to create college and career readiness programs for those seeking high school equivalency diplomas. At least one program must be a test that meets current college and career readiness standards.
Bible literacy. HB 128 allows schools to offer an elective course on the Bible that teaches biblical content, poetry, narratives and their impact today.
Caregivers. SB 129 allows hospital patients to legally designate someone as a “lay caregiver” for the purpose of providing after-care to the patient when he or she returns home. The lay caregiver can be someone age 18 or older who is a relative, partner, friend or someone else who is close to the patient and willing to provide non-medical care at the patient’s home.
Charter schools. HB 520 will allow publicly funded charter schools to operate in Kentucky starting with the 2017-18 school year. The charter schools could be authorized by local school boards, which would establish charter schools by contract. The schools would then be governed by independent boards.
Coal fields. HB 156 creates the Kentucky Coal Fields Endowment Authority which will use coal severance dollars to fund infrastructure, economic development, public health and more in the east and west Kentucky coal regions.
Emergency vehicles. HB 74 only allows white light to be emitted from motor vehicle headlamps, although non-halogen headlamps will be allowed to emit a slight blue tint if they were factory-installed. The intent of the bill is to make it easier for motorist to distinguish emergency vehicles from other vehicles.
Fentanyl and other opioids. HB 333 will create stronger penalties for trafficking in any amount of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil or fentanyl derivatives, define prescribing authority, and allow the state to investigate prescribing irregularities and report those instances to appropriate authorities.
Fish and wildlife. SB 83 requires the state to identify areas where deer and elk pose a “significant threat” to human safety by causing automobile accidents or pose a significant threat to agriculture. The state may then take necessary steps (including, but not limited to, special hunts) to reduce the deer and elk populations in those areas.
Hate crimes. HB 14 will allow an attack on a first responder such as a police officer, firefighter or rescue squad member to be considered a hate crime during the sentencing phase for certain crimes.
Hospitals. SB 42 allows law enforcement to arrest someone for fourth-degree assault in any part of a hospital without a warrant if the officer has probable cause that the crime was committed. Such arrests were previously restricted to hospital emergency rooms.
Juvenile offenders. SB 195 creates a process for expungement of felony juvenile records two years after the offender reaches adulthood or is unconditionally released from commitment to the state. Expungement will not be granted to those whose felony record includes violent and/or sexual offenses or those who have proceedings pending against him or her.
Local school boards. HB 277 allows individuals to serve on a local board of education if they have an aunt, uncle, son-in-law or daughter-in-law employed by the school district. State law previously precluded someone from serving on a local school board if any of those relatives were employed by the district.
Nuclear power. SB 11 allows construction of nuclear power in Kentucky after vetting of proposals by the federal and state governments.
Playground safety. HB 38 bans registered sex offenders from public playgrounds unless they have advanced written permission to be on site by the government body (city council, etc.) that oversees the playground.
Primary care agreements. SB 79 allows patients to enter into contracts with their primary care provider that spell out services to be provided for an agreed-upon fee and period of time. The “direct primary care membership agreement” will not require a patient to forfeit private insurance or Medicaid.
Religious freedom. SB 17 specifies in statute that Kentucky public school and public colleges and university students have the legal right to express their religious and political views in their school work, artwork, speeches, and in other ways.
School calendars. SB 50 allows school districts to use a “variable student instructional year,” requiring the same hours of instruction required by existing law but allowing for fewer school days than the minimum of 170 days required by existing law. Districts could begin using the variable schedule in the 2018-19 school year if their first day of instruction is on or after the Monday closest to Aug. 26.
Veterans. SB 117 allows a veteran with a bachelor’s degree in any field to receive a provisional certificate to teach public elementary or secondary school if he or she has an academic major or passing assessment score in the area in which he or she seeks certification. After completing a required teaching internship, the veteran will receive a professional teaching certificate.
With a population of about 590,000, Louisville is the largest city in Jefferson County,which had the greatest number of deaths in the state from heroin, or 131 in 2015, according to state figures.
Kentucky is one of the five states with the highest rates of death linked to drug overdose: West Virginia (41.5 per 100,000), New Hampshire (34.3 per 100,000), Kentucky (29.9 per 100,000), Ohio (29.9 per 100,000), and Rhode Island (28.2 per 100,000), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
The alcohol industry has a voluntary standard of not placing ads in magazines in which at least 30 percent of the readership is too young to buy alcohol legally. And an examination says ads in these magazines fell to almost nothing between 2001 and 2008.
But David Jernigan of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says that, when underage people see the ads anyway, it’s more likely to be in magazines that have higher proportions of young readers.
"The percent of youth exposure from ads placed in magazines that they are more likely per capita to be reading than adults has actually increased, from 69 percent to 78 percent of their exposure." (12 seconds)
The study was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Learn more at hhs.gov.
HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.
A typical rural Midwestern kid, Von Behrens first tried smokeless tobacco to "fit in" on a camping trip. The addiction followed him to the baseball field, where many of his peers and Major League heroes chewed tobacco, and by 17 he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma.
The cancer in Von Behrens's mouth spread quickly. Now 32 years old, 34 surgeries have claimed his lower jaw, half of his neck muscles, his lymph nodes and a third of his tongue.
United Communities to Advance our Neighborhoods is dedicated to decreasing the number of children who end up left behind. We can not just leave it to the schools. We aim to support the schools that especially lack some of the components necessary for ALL students to achieve. With that charge, we must unite all areas of the community to present all possibilities to all of our youth. It is then up to them, but now, it is up to you". UCAN, Inc. Founding President, Brenda Martin."Kentucky’s future depends on educating youth
well. Youth are most likely to succeed in school
when they have qualified teachers, low student teacher
ratios, opportunities for after-school
activities, and schools in good physical condition.1
One goal of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
(NCLB) was to ensure all children have access to
these learning opportunities. NCLB requires each
state to measure Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
toward academic achievement through academic
indicators like math and reading scores, as well
as other indicators like graduation rates for high
2. NCLB also monitors the progress of specific
student subpopulations including African-
American, Asian, Hispanic, and White students;
students receiving free or reduced-price lunches;
students with limited English proficiency; and
students with disabilities.
3 All of these subgroups
must attain AYP for a school or state to have
achieved overall AYP. In 2007, Kentucky met the
target goals for math and reading for students of
all races, students with limited English proficiency,
and students receiving free or reduced-price
lunch but failed to meet the goal in either
subject for students with disabilities. Schools
identified as needing improvement often lack the
components necessary for students to achieve,
and students of color,students with disabilities,
and economically disadvantaged students are
disproportionately impacted by such school limitations".
Excerpt from Kentucky Kids Count Data Book 2007, "Academic Achievement".