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2012 General Assembly
Tue March 20, 2012
Kentucky House Passes Bill to Help Refugees Stay in School
Refugees can stay in Kentucky high schools after their 21st birthday under a bill that cleared the House Monday. Democratic state Representative Jody Richards says the proposal is intended to help refugees who have fled to the U.S. The divisive issue generated a lengthy floor debate with some critics, including Republican state Representative Ben Waide, questioning the wisdom of having people in their mid-20s sharing schools with teens. Democratic Representative Steve Riggs urged colleagues to pass the measure so refugees can finish high school and become contributing taxpayers.