- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - These bills passed during the Kentucky General Assembly session that ended Tuesday.


Requires school finance officers to make monthly reports to local school boards and provide an annual report to the state Education Department. It increases training for some school board members and requires state education officials to set minimum qualifications for school finance officers. HB154.


Expands a scholarship program for students in the coal regions of eastern and western Kentucky. HB2.


Creates an adult protection registry to provide more assurances the elderly and disabled are receiving proper care. Care providers for those adults would have to check the registry to make sure potential employees don’t have a history of abuse. SB98.


Boosts protections for information stored in government computers and requires government agencies to notify people when thieves steal personal data from government computers. HB5.


Allows local voters to decide whether to legalize the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink at more state parks and golf courses. Most state park lodges and golf courses are in counties where alcohol sales are prohibited. HB475.


Relaxes Kentucky’s school attendance laws due to the harsh winter that forced some school districts to call off more than 30 days of classes. HB211.


Revamps the state’s juvenile justice system by steering more young offenders into community-based treatment as an alternative to locking them up in detention centers. SB200.


Allows doctors at two Kentucky research hospitals to prescribe cannabidiol to treat patients. The oil comes from marijuana and hemp plants and has been effective in treating seizures in children. SB124.


Gives bourbon distilleries an income tax credit for the state and local property taxes paid on aging barrels of bourbon. Distilleries are required to invest the tax credit in capital improvements. HB445.


Bans the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. SB109.

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