House Passes Bill to Allow Older Refugees to Stay in School

Mar 19, 2012

Refugees would be allowed to remain in Kentucky high schools past their 21st birthday under a measure that has cleared the Kentucky House of Representatives. House Bill 183 is sponsored by Bowling Green Democrat Jody Richards, who says the proposal is intended to help refugees who have come to the United States to escape persecution in other countries.

The bill generated a lengthy floor debate Monday, with some critics questioning the wisdom of having people in their twenties going to schools with teens. Republican State Representative Ben Waide of Hopkinsville helped to lead a lengthy floor debate on the issue, before the bill passed, by a vote of 84 to 8.