Beshear signs multiple education-focused bills


In the past two days, Governor Andy Beshear has signed into law 22 pieces of legislation — all generated and rolled out during the 2022 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Some things could have an immediate impact on Western Kentucky, especially in the area of ​​education.

House Bill 397 Supports School Districts, Students, and School Staff Impacted by December 2021
tornadoes in western Kentucky. The bill provides up to 15 days of disaster to eligible districts affected by the storms, allowing districts to be excused up to 15 days of attendance for students who were missed due to the storms.

Educators and school staff will not have to make up for the excused days, but rather the days will count towards the fulfillment of their contract.

Senate Bill 9 offers Kentucky students, their parents and teachers a system to boost literacy at a
proficiency level by year three, while expanding diagnostic assessments and screening, intervention, support and family engagement – ​​including home learning strategies.

Senate Bill 151 authorizes schools that participate in the breakfast program in federal schools to provide up to 15 minutes of the student’s attendance day for children to eat breakfast during regular school hours. of teaching.

House Bill 275 paves the way for more Kentucky students and workers to become CPAs.

As Kentucky’s economy continues to grow at a record pace, it is important that Kentucky has more trained finance professionals in the workforce. This bill establishes the framework for an accounting scholarship program, which will help recruit students and fund their studies.

Two other laws could shape a healthier outdoor environment and provide more medical assistance over the phone.

House Bill 45 aims to reduce the amount of plastic and solid waste thrown into landfills. This bill also opens the door for Kentucky to benefit from economic development opportunities as new technologies develop that allow the Commonwealth to establish a market to recover discarded plastics and break them down into raw materials that can be transformed into other materials.

House Bill 188 makes telehealth more accessible to Kentuckians. It prohibits professional licensing boards
to prohibit the provision of telehealth services by Kentucky-accredited health service providers to Kentuckians who are temporarily located outside the Commonwealth.

It also prohibits professional licensing boards from prohibiting the provision of telehealth services to nonresidents temporarily located in Kentucky by providers licensed in the person’s state of residence. Healthcare providers will no longer be required to be physically present in their state of accreditation to provide telehealth services to someone who resides in the same state.


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