Education Committee Calls for Full KEES Funding

Frankfort, KY –
A bill directing lawmakers to fully fund Kentucky's state
sponsored merit-based scholarship program has been
approved by the House Education Committee. The bill
deals with the KEES scholarship program, which is
funded by proceeds from the Kentucky Lottery.

Funding for the program is expected to run three to
five million dollars short in fiscal year 2006. The bill
directs the General Assembly to make use of general
fund dollars to make up for shortfalls in the funding.

House Bill 69 passed the House Education Committee
unanimously. The measure will now go to the full
House. It is expected to be sent to the Appropriations
and Revenue Committee.