FRANKFORT | Fruits of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly session will be taking effect on July 15.

Although emergency snow day laws for school districts went into effect in May, when the governor signed them, dozens more will take effect on July 15.

“There is the juvenile justice law, (SB 200) that we expect to save the state $24 million over the next five years,” said State Rep. Mike Denham. “There is also the Hemp Oil law, allowing University of Kentucky and University of Louisville Hospitals to treat children with seizures using hemp oil, that both go into effect July 15.”

Senate Bill 200, intended to help keep children out of jail and into positive activities to correct behavior, sponsors said.

According to SB 200, "... the cabinet shall ensure that all departments within the cabinet collaborate to develop procedures to allow collection and sharing of data necessary to analyze juvenile recidivism. Recidivism includes an adjudication of delinquency by a juvenile court, or a conviction by a District Court or Circuit Court, for an offense committed within three years of release from the custody or control of the Department of Juvenile Justice."

Legislators also passed a law that bars minors from purchasing electronic cigarettes and another which will require parents or guardians to appear in court with any teen who is issued a traffic violation, Denham said.

“There is also House Bill 154 which requires school financial officers to be certified and for school board members to attend training,” Denham said.

For people requesting and receiving issued emergency protective orders or domestic violence orders against someone, the process of obtaining a concealed weapon permit can also be expedited, Denham said.

“That does not mean they do not have to have training, but it does get the paperwork processed faster,” he said.

Another law going into effect this month created a registry to identify those convicted of abusing an adult, Denham said.

For the General Assembly 2015 session, bills have been pre-filed with a variety of topics.

Surveillance, personal rights issues, and heroin sentencing are included in upcoming sessions.

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Topics include the use of drones, preserving the right of Kentuckians to own and use firearms and minimum sentencing times in heroin cases.

According to the Kentucky Legislature website, BR 11 seeks to define "drone" and prohibit a law enforcement agency from using a drone to gather evidence or other information; provide exceptions; prohibit use of evidence obtained in violation; provide that the Act may be cited as the "Citizens' Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act."

BR 14 is intended to, “create new sections of KRS Chapter 237 to declare legislative intent; invalidate and nullify all federal laws and regulations restricting ownership or possession of firearms; direct the General Assembly to take all appropriate action to safeguard Kentuckian's rights to possess firearms in accordance with the second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and Section 1 of the Constitution of Kentucky.”

In addition, BR 14 seeks to amend KRS 527.040 to “add persons who have been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States and persons illegally or unlawfully in the United States to the list of persons who shall not possess firearms.”

In BR 56, relating to trafficking in heroin; under consideration is an amendment to KRS 218A.1412 to require, “... persons who violate that section by trafficking in heroin be charged as Class C felons for the first offense and to require that those persons serve at least 50 percent of the sentence imposed for the violation before being released on probation or parole.”


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