Bill to give people with past felony convictions access to financial aid moves forward

In an effort to give Kentuckians a second chance after a previous conviction, legislation to expand access to Kentucky Education Excellence Scholarship (KEES) money passed out of the full House on Monday with a vote of 90-0.

House Bill 368, sponsored by Rep. James Allen Tipton, removes the requirement that an eligible high school student and eligible postsecondary student not be a convicted felon for KEES eligibility.

Greater Louisville Inc. and the ACLU both testified in favor of the legislation, highlighting the bill’s goal to help individuals rebuild their lives following incarceration and get them back in the workforce.

House Bill 368 now moves to the Senate for consideration in committee.

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