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July 11, 2014

New state laws go into effect July 15

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

FRANKFORT — Victims of domestic violence in Kentucky will soon be allowed fast access to concealed carry gun permits while voters from precincts surrounding state parks in dry counties will be able to vote to allow alcohol sales.

Those are two measures passed in the 2014 General Assembly and among roughly 100 laws which go into effect on July 15.

The Kentucky constitution provides that new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature each year. Exceptions are general appropriation bills and any bill that contains an emergency clause allowing it to become effective immediately upon the signature of the governor.

House Bill 128 will let those victims of domestic violence who have been granted an emergency protective order or domestic violence order to obtain a provisional concealed carry permit in just a single business day. They would have to undergo the same background checks and applications requirements as anyone seeking a concealed carry permit — but domestic violence victims would be granted up to 45 days to complete required firearms training.

Typically applicants for the licenses must complete the training before receiving the permit, but the idea of HB 128 is that such victims’ lives may be in immediate danger and they shouldn’t have to wait 45 days. However, to retain their permits even victims of domestic violence would have to complete the training — or surrender their permits.

House Bill 475 allows voters near state park lodges and golf courses located in dry counties to vote on liquor-by-the-drink at the park facilities. Supporters believe it will increase visitors to state parks. Package sales aren’t included.

The General Assembly also passed a bill this spring to allow the use of CBD oil, extracted from hemp and marijuana, to be prescribed by university research hospitals to treat child seizures. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, was hailed as a major victory by parents of children suffering severe seizures caused by epilepsy and other syndromes.

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