First, the bill to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill in Kentucky passed overwhelmingly in the House, 97-1:
FRANKFORT — The House passed a bill Monday that would make it easier for the federal government to track and block permits for those who have been declared mentally ill.
House Bill 308 requires Kentucky to notify the FBI when a court commits people to a mental institution or otherwise finds them mentally incompetent. The FBI would add the names of those people to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, used by federally licensed gun dealers to screen their customers.
Federal law prohibits the sale of guns to anyone “adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution.” However, Kentucky is one of many states that does not notify the FBI when its courts make such decisions.
Now it moves on to the Senate, where all good legislation in Kentucky dies. Could they possibly vote this down? I wouldn’t rule anything out.
In other news, a bill to regulate the out of control for-profit education industry cleared the House Education Committee:
The committee approved House Bill 125, aimed at restructuring the State Board for Proprietary Education, which regulates some for-profit schools. The bill also would move many of the state board’s responsibilities to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
The state board licenses about 120 for-profit schools offering two-year associate’s degrees, technical certificates or other diplomas in different career fields. Under the current law, six of the state board’s 11 seats are held by representatives of for-profit schools, appointed by the governor.
This presents a clear conflict of interest, said Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville, the bill’s sponsor. Legislative hearings have uncovered student complaints about for-profit schools that the state board failed to address, including complaints about schools represented on the board, Meeks said.
“I think people now realize the activities of the board and the schools have gone unsupervised for too long,” Meeks said.
Now it’s time for the Subprime School Industry’s Lobbyists to swarm onto Frankfort.