FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday cited “drafting errors” in vetoing legislation that sought to expand the use of lottery-funded scholarships. State.
The Democratic governor said he supports the bill’s original intentions, including increasing scholarship funding for private education through the Kentucky Education Excellence Scholarship program. The popular program supported by the state lottery allows students to earn money, based on their academic performance, to help cover college expenses.
Beshear said he also shares the bill’s sponsors’ desire to extend KEES scholarships to nonviolent offenders to support their transition into society.
“However, acknowledged drafting errors will lead to unintended and unintended consequences that will undermine the bill and the goals it seeks to achieve,” the governor said in his veto message. “I hope that at the start of the next legislative session, these mistakes can be rectified.”
The veto will stand since the measure – Senate Bill 163 – was passed on the last day of this year’s legislative session. The next regular session of legislators will begin in January 2023.
Several organizations had urged the governor to veto the measure, saying the final version would have reduced opportunities for formerly incarcerated people to access state scholarships.
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