FRANKFORT — The pace in the Kentucky House picked up this week as bills began making their way to the floor for a vote and members took part in the first military recognition program honoring three young soldiers killed in military conflicts across the globe.
House Bill 135, legislation aimed at protecting consumer rights cleared the House this week requiring life insurance providers in the commonwealth to review death registers and to make every effort to contact beneficiaries of life insurance policies. This protection would not apply to policies sold as funeral pre-planning services to cover the costs associated with burial.
The House also passed HB 281 requiring that school athletic coaches receive training in the area of concussions and other head injuries. As part of this training, the coaches would be required to identify actions or precautions taken to prevent more significant injury by returning players to a game.
House Bill 308 passed in the House and will change the state’s oversight of for-profit post secondary institutions doing business in the commonwealth. The legislation abolished one state board, which was heavily weighted toward the schools, and created a new board with four citizen members to balance the industry representatives. The new board would also provide the Secretary of Workforce Development, president of the Council on Post Secondary Education and the Kentucky State Auditor with seats on the new oversight panel.
As always, I welcome your comments and concerns for the upcoming session.
State Rep. Donna Mayfield can be reached through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. A taped message containing information on legislative committee meeting schedules is available by calling (800) 633-9650, and information on the status of each bill is available by calling (866) 840-2835. If you have Internet access, email her at donna.mayfield@lrc. ky.gov, or you may keep track of legislation through the Kentucky Legislature Home Page at www.lrc.ky.gov.