House Notes: Scholarships for coal county students, DNA testing and death benefits for campus police

02/21/2013 07:29 PM

The state House cleared nearly a dozen bills off its docket Thursday, including a bill to create a scholarship fund for students in coal-producing counties.

That bill, HB 210 , calls for using coal severance tax money to pay for students who live in coal-producing counties to attend a college or university in the coal region. Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pikeville, sponsored the measure and was joined by Republican Rep. Ben Waide of Madisonville in advocating for the bill.

After a lengthy debate, the measure passed 97-0. Here are highlights:

House version of bill requiring DNA testing of felons passes

The chamber also approved HB 89 that requires police to collect a DNA sample from anyone arrested for a felony.

It passed 68-27 after several lawmakers, including Republican Rep. David Floyd of Bardstown, objected to the collection of DNA from someone before an indictment or conviction. Floyd called it an invasion of privacy.

Rookie’s first bill would apply death benefits to campus police

And freshman Rep. Denny Butler, D-Louisville, shepherded his first bill through the House.

HB 186 would allow the families of the 212 campus police officers from around Kentucky to be eligible for death benefits if the officer is killed in the line of duty.

It passed unanimously but not before some legislative hazing. Watch:

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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