WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu April 6, 2006
Bills Expected To Be Approved
Frankfort, KY – A large number of bills are expected to be approved when the general assembly meets for its final three days next week.
Most of the new laws will take effect in mid-July, 90 days after the legislative session ends. But nine of the laws took effect immediately, after the legislature attached emergency clauses.
They included one that prohibits protestors from disrupting funerals and another that allows posting of the Ten Commandments in public buildings as part of historical displays.
House Bill 28, called "Isaac's Law", allows local governments to boost the fines for doing electrical work without a permit to $1,000 for the first offense and $2,000 for subsequent violations from a former maximum of $250.
The law is named after a five year old electrocution victim.
The first bill to become law this year will help Kentuckians struggling with huge winter heating bills. And mothers who breast feed their babies will be able to do so in public without fear of retribution under a new law that takes effect in July.