FRANKFORT, Kentucky (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers considered a final batch of bills Thursday before ending a 60-day session marred by Republicans exerting their influence to put their stamp on key state policies.
Bills that clear the finish line would strengthen health coverage for new mothers and allow Kentucky students to receive excused absences from school for mental health reasons. Discussions continued into the afternoon with a few hours before the deadline to end the session.
Republican supermajorities in the legislature had already secured passage of key political priorities when voted Wednesday to override a series of vetoes
issued by Democratic Governor Andy Beshear.
Lawmakers put the finishing touches on Thursday’s session.
The Senate has given final approval to legislation that includes guaranteeing postpartum Medicaid coverage for low-income mothers for up to one year after giving birth. The proposal, now headed to the governor, is aimed at reducing the state’s chronically high maternal mortality rate.
Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, praised the proposal for focusing on health care at “the most vulnerable time for mom and baby.”