Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Rep. Samara Heavrin, of Leitchfield, were recently signed into law. 

The first bill, aimed at honoring the sacrifices of armed services veterans, was signed into law by Gov. Andy Beshear late last week.

Heavrin filed House Bill 276 in order to allow the surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces to be eligible for a special military license plate.

“This bill is part of an ongoing effort to make Kentucky a more military-friendly state by respecting and honoring the families of our dedicated service members,” Heavrin said. “In these troubled times, it is important that we prioritize measures that will provide financial relief to the spouses of our brave servicemen and women. I am pleased that Gov. Beshear sees the value in this measure and signed it into law.”

To view specific details of the measure, visit the Legislative Research Commission at apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/20rs/hb276.html.

The second bill, intended to help grow the Kentucky workforce, was also signed into law by Beshear last week.

House Bill 331 would make apprenticeship programs more accessible by allowing money saved through 529 education savings plans to be spent on apprenticeship program expenses, such as tuition, books, and equipment.

“I am pleased that this critical workforce development legislation has finally become law,” Heavrin said. “With many losing their job because of the current pandemic, it is important that we continue to reduce barriers to entering the workforce. Apprenticeship programs are growing at a rapid pace, and they equip workers with highly sought after in-demand skills. We must ensure those interested in pursuing this line of work are afforded the same opportunities as those going through a traditional four-year college program.”

This legislation aligns Kentucky law with the federal SECURE Act that was signed into law late last year. The SECURE Act expanded the definition of qualified tuition programs that 529 education savings can be used to include apprenticeship programs. The apprenticeship program must be registered and certified with the United States Secretary of Labor.

To view specific details of this measure, visit apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/20rs/hb331.html.

Both of these bills will go into effect 90 days after the General Assembly adjourns from the 2020 Legislative Session.