Daily Legislative Update
What's happening on Feb. 22:
- The Senate will vote on SB 191. This bill defines "nontraditional age students" as it pertains to postsecondary education, includes this group in educational outcome measurements, and changes the way universities are funded. This bill would increase the percentage of university funding tied to student success outcomes, and decrease the percentage of university funding that is tied to credit hours.
- The Senate Education Committee will consider SB1, which would establish an endowed research fund, administered by the Council on Postsecondary Education, to fund up to five research consortiums between two or more public universities. One consortium would be the Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust.
- The Senate Education Committee will also discuss but not vote on SB 201 and HB 407, bills designed to allow universities - specifically Eastern Kentucky University - to offer doctoral degrees after completing the requirements laid out by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
- The House Committee on State Government will consider HB 378, which would correct the designations of coal and chalcedony agate as Kentucky's state rock and mineral, respectively.
What happened on Feb. 21:
- HB 162 was removed from the House Orders of the Day and re-referred to the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee. The bill calls for math screenings for students in grades 4-8 at the start of the school year and strengthened interventions for students who need help.
- The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee approved both SJR 140 and SB 198 with the addition of a committee substitute. The substitute adds a provision to the bill to direct the Kentucky Nuclear Energy Development Authority to "engage with academic institutions on efforts to develop technologies to reprocess or recycle spent nuclear fuel." The remainder of SB 198 creates the Kentucky Nuclear Energy Development Authority and tasks it with facilitating nuclear energy development in Kentucky. SJR 140 would direct the Public Service Commission to make preparations to be ready to discharge its regulatory duties relating to applications for the siting and construction of nuclear energy facilities.