Common Ground: Bipartisan Bills for Children

04/17/2018 05:29 PM

With the 2018 General Assembly Session wrapped up for the year Pure Politics wanted to focus on the bills that made it through with wide bipartisan support.

We’ve already focused on bills meant to help victims of crimes. This time, Pure Politics is focusing on two measures passed with children in minds.

To begin with, House Bill 30, sponsored by Rep. Regina Huff, R-Williamsburg, requires suicide prevention training for school teachers. The law requires one hour of suicide prevention training for all middle and high school principals, guidance counselors and teachers. The hour of training can be applied toward their required developmental training course. Several Democrat representatives joined Rep. Huff in sponsoring the legislation.

House Bill 187, sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, aims at helping children with dyslexia. The measure requires the Kentucky Department of Education to make a “dyslexia toolkit” available to school districts to help them better identify and instruct children who display characteristics of dyslexia. While presenting the measure in committee, Rep. Wuchner spoke to the specifics of the bill, and how it would not be an unfunded mandate to school districts.

“It will not require screening of every student, but as we identify students with characteristics working with the toolkit, that will come to the school districts from the cabinet, it will allow them to work with them to identify,” Wuchner said. “Second, there is a caveat at the end of the bill that says based on funding ability, this is not an unfunded mandate.”

Both of these measures passed unanimously, with bipartisan sponsorship—proving that lawmakers on the both sides of the aisle tend to agree when it comes to keeping the best interest of children in the Commonwealth.

Watch the segment here:

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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