Kentucky’s Republican-led legislature handed Gov. Matt Bevin a bill Wednesday giving him and his successors more power to remove entire public university boards or individual members.
The bill, a response to upheaval at the University of Louisville, cleared its final hurdle when the House passed it 60-33. It came as lawmakers sent stacks of bills to Bevin on the final day before an extended break so the Republican governor can sign or veto legislation. Lawmakers return to Frankfort for two days at the end of March to wrap up the session.
As lawmakers met into Wednesday night, they completed work on one of the most hotly debated issues of the session — a bill creating public charter schools that would operate outside state supervision. The bill goes to Bevin, a charter schools supporter.
Lawmakers finished work on a bill to lift a ban on building nuclear power plants in a state that has been culturally and economically dominated by coal. They voted to close the gaps in checking the backgrounds of people who work with children in schools and camps and as baby sitters.