2016 Kentucky General Assembly

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Although the 2016 General Assembly ended back in April, its effects will be felt in mid-July, when a bevy of laws go into effect.

Most new laws are given a 90-day window for state agencies and other offices to prepare for their implementation. Here’s a rundown of some of the major laws that will take effect on July 15.

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The 2016 General Assembly achieved its main goal—passing a two year state budget—at the last minute of the session, but the legislature also passed well over 100 laws that have been signed by Gov. Matt Bevin so far.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Higher education will be cut by 4.5% under the two-year budget approved by the Kentucky state legislature Friday night. Performance-based funding will also be imposed on state colleges and universities starting in the 2018 fiscal year. Higher ed institutions will compete for 5% of state funding, which grows to 25% in 2020.

In a letter to faculty and staff, Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies shed insight into how the university is preparing for these cuts.

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The state legislature approved a two-year, $21.5 billion budget that delivers deep cuts to state programs while putting more than $1.2 billion in savings into the pension systems. The spending bill now heads to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk. He’ll have until April 27 to veto all or parts of the budget.

Jacob Ryan-WFPL/Kentucky Public Radio

Governor Matt Bevin has congratulated state lawmakers for passing what he said is a great budget. The first term governor visited the House floor as the chamber was adjourned for the final time this year.

Ryland Barton, via Twitter

Today (Friday) is the last day of the legislative session in Frankfort. Lawmakers have until midnight to pass bills, the most including the state budget. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton says there’s a flurry of activity near the finish line. 

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The Kentucky legislature has convened for the final day of the 2016 session to consider dozens of important bills before a midnight deadline. 

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On Friday, lawmakers have one last opportunity to approve bills, override vetoes and — most importantly — pass a state budget before the legislative session gavels out midnight Friday night.

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The head of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence would like to see more flexibility in early childhood education spending. The budget agreement reached in Frankfort maintains education funding for preschool through 12th grade. 

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State lawmakers have come to an agreement on a budget that makes nearly across the board spending cuts, enacts performance funding for higher education and puts more money into the state pension systems.

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