Government
3:15 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Bevy of New Kentucky Laws Go Into Effect Today

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A bevy of new state laws passed this year by the Kentucky General Assembly are going into effect today.

The legislation ranges from dealing with invasive plant species to tougher ethics laws governing the relationship between lawmakers and lobbyists.

The state constitution stipulates that laws without an “emergency” clause go into effect 90 days after the adjournment of a legislative session. Since the last day was April 15, many new laws are going into effect this week.

Senate Bill 170 grants the state expanded powers to combat invasive plant species like kudzu, which can quickly overtake other plants by drowning them in shade.

Similarly, House Bill 28 will make it tougher for lobbyists to invade the decision-making process in Frankfort by restrict their ability to pay for a legislator’s expenses.

Other laws taking effect this week include:

- A streamlined concealed carry permitting process for victims of domestic violence

- Expanded prescription-writing authority for registered nurses

- New requirements for doctors to identify and treat pediatric head trauma

- Leniency on lesser crimes for victims of human trafficking

- Permitting by-the-drink alcohol sales at state parks, if nearby residents approve it