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New Kentucky laws

New laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2009 regular session go into effect on Thursday, June 25.  Among them are the following:

Agricultural products:
Senate Bill 84 will require state agencies purchasing agricultural products or Kentucky-grown products to make annual reports to state lawmakers and the Department of Agriculture on the types, quantities, and costs of the products.

Animal protection:
House Bill 301 will prohibit the removal of identification tags or electronic tracking devices from dogs unless approved by the pet's owner or necessary to treat an injured animal.

SB 8 requires for-profit entities that collect donated items for resale to place a sign on the collection bins stating that the collections are not charitable in nature and do not qualify for a charitable donation.

Driver's licenses:
HB 39 exempts 17-year-olds who have enlisted in the military from being required to obtain an intermediate driver's license and exempts individuals over age 18 from graduated driver's licensing requirements.

Excused absences:
HB 124 will allow children wishing to see parents or legal guardians serving overseas in the military who have been granted leave to do so without being penalized for missing up to ten days of school.

SB 33 requires all U.S. and Kentucky flags purchased by state and local governments to be made in the U.S.

Mine activity:
HB 185 allows an electrical trainee to perform electrical work in a mine if under the direct supervision of a certified electrician.

Online activity of sex offenders:
HB 315 bans convicted sex offenders from MySpace, Facebook, and other social networking sites where minors are allowed.  It also requires them to register their e-mail addresses, screen names, and other online IDs with state authorities.

Personal services:
SB 22 requires home health agencies and other personal service businesses to conduct criminal background checks on their employees adn bans anyone convicted of abuse, drug crimes, or sex crimes from being hired.

Road weight limits:
SB 47 will allow farm trucks transporting agricultural items to exceed gross weight provisions by 10% on all highways except interstates.

Violent sex offenders:
SB 148 will prevent violent offenders and registered sex offenders from serving on school site-based decision-making councils.  It also prohibits such offenders from entering the property of a school or daycare unless they receive permission from school or daycare officials.

Wildlife protection:
SB 81 bans out-of-state deer and elk from being imported unless they've been tested for chronic wasting disease.

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