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Preview of new Kentucky laws

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18)– The end of June means the annual influx of new laws in Kentucky.

House Bill 254, the Campus Free Speech Bill, requires public universities to make sure speech is not suppressed even if its deemed offensive or radical. The bill also expands free speech zones on campus.

The legislature passed the Keep Americans Working Acts of 2019, which ensures that people with student loans will not lose their occupational license if they default on a payment. This way, workers can stay employed and try to dig out of debt.

House Bill 258 allows e-scooters to be treated like bicycles on public streets, but limits the speed to 20 miles per hour. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Council recently passed an ordinance to regulate how they would be used. The e-scooters could be in Lexington as soon as fall.

Among the bills gaining the most attention are Senate Bill 150, allowing Kentuckians to carry a firearm without a permit, and House Bill 11, which bans the use of tobacco, e-cigs, and vaping on public school campuses.

Senate Bill 150 which would allow Kentuckians to carry a concealed firearm without a permit that applies to those 21 and older who are legally eligible to possess a firearm.

House Bill 11 bans the use of tobacco, e-cigs, and vapes on public school campuses and from activities that starts during the 2020-2021 school year. Existing bans are not affected.

The Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act makes sure that an employer reasonably accommodates an employee affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition, and will require employers to provide notice about these rights.

Two more bills that passed the legislature, Senate Bill 67, which makes a sexual act toward an animal a crime, and Senate Bill 70 which establishes a non-deadly strangulation as its own felony crime.

Bills that were discussed but ultimately tabled for this session included ones on medical marijuana and legalized sports betting.

Bridgett Howard

Bridgett Howard

Bridgett is a web content producer. She was hired in 2015.
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