Lawmakers have given final passage to a bill expanding a scholarship program for students in
struggling coal regions. Kentucky
The measure cleared the General Assembly shortly before lawmakers ended the 2014 legislative session Tuesday night.
The bill now goes to Gov. Steve Beshear for his consideration. It's a top priority of House Speaker Greg Stumbo.
The measure aims to increase the number of people obtaining college degrees in the eastern and western
coalfields. The students, for the
most part, would attend four-year college campuses in coal counties, in hopes
they pursue careers in the same region after graduation. Kentucky
The scholarships are funded with coal severance-tax funds.
Participating students have to attend four-year campuses in their region unless their programs aren't offered locally.
The legislation is House Bill 2.