FRANKFORT – We are now more than half way through the 2017 Regular Session and work continues for the people of Kentucky. This week, the House passed measures to ensure student athlete safety, support our state’s veterans and promote Kentucky’s coal industry.
House Bill 241 strengthens concussion protocol for student athletes across the Commonwealth by prohibiting coaches from returning a student to play after receiving a concussion diagnosis. The measure also prohibits a student from returning to play if no physician or licensed medical professional is available to conduct a concussion evaluation. This bill had strong bipartisan support, and I was proud to vote in favor of it. Passing this legislation is a strong testament to the House’s commitment to the health and safety of Kentucky’s children.
Another piece of legislation we passed through the House this week aims to support our state’s veterans. House Bill 13 states the General Assembly’s desire to allocate future beds to a state veterans’ nursing home in Eastern Kentucky. There is currently an inadequate number of available veteran nursing home beds for our region. The brave men and women who have honorably served our country deserve accessible healthcare, and this legislation brings us closer to accomplishing that.
The House also took up an important measure that supports Kentucky’s coal industry by removing unnecessary permitting regulations. This bill eliminates the permit requirement for all surface area over underground coal mines, reprieving coal companies of burdensome costs and helping our efforts to get our coal miners back to work. We are all familiar with the decimation Kentucky’s coal industry has faced under the Obama Administration, and while we are already seeing relief from President Trump, it is important the state does our part to support coal country, too. I was proud to stand with our miners and support this legislation.
Lastly, I am proud to share that House Bill 252, legislation that I co-sponsored, passed the House this week. This measure requires schools to purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED). This portable device checks heart rhythms and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. Children often only have minutes to receive the necessary care in these situations, and requiring AED’s ensures schools are well equipped to address cardiac arrest. I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation and I look forward to its consideration in the Senate.
The General Assembly has had another successful week taking steps to make Kentucky the best version of itself. It is an honor to serve our community in Frankfort and I look forward to continuing the work that makes our Commonwealth the best place to live, work, and raise a family.
I welcome your comments and concerns on any issues impacting our Commonwealth during the 2017 Regular Session. I can be reached through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181, or you can contact me via e-mail at [email protected] You can keep track of committee meetings and potential legislation through the Kentucky Legislature Home Page at www.lrc.ky.gov.
Larry Brown is the State Representative in the 95th District.