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Kentucky lawmakers seek firsthand accounts of prison experiences, join #VisitAPrison Challenge

Members of the Kentucky General Assembly sought firsthand accounts of prison experiences from inmates, visitors and guards when they visited the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women Friday. The visit by members of the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus was part of the #VisitAPrison Challenge, a growing push for policymakers across the nation to personally learn more about the criminal justice system...

LRC’s Capitol Notes: House OKs graduation bill, coal county scholarship bill advances

By Scott Payton Special to KyForward   House approves graduation bill   A bill that would raise the school dropout age in Kentucky from 16 to 18 by July 2018 passed the House Tuesday by a vote of 87-10.   House Bill 224, sponsored by House Banking and Insurance Chair Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg, and Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville, now goes to the Senate for consideration.   “We...

Bill raising school dropout age to 18 clears panel, heads to full House for consideration

A bill that would raise the school dropout age in Kentucky from 16 to 18 passed the House Education Committee this morning.   House Bill 224, sponsored by House Banking and Insurance Chair Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg, and Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville, would raise the dropout age gradually by increasing the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 17 on July 1, 2017 and from age 17 to 18 on July...