New Laws Taking Effect Next Tuesday

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Clogging is already Kentucky's state dance, the Appalachian dulcimer is the state instrument and "My Old Kentucky Home" has been the official state song for years.

As of this week, add bluegrass music to the list.

Along with its fiddles and banjo twang, bluegrass will become Kentucky's official music when most new laws passed by the 2007 General Assembly take effect Tuesday.

"Bluegrass music is 100 percent true Kentucky music," state Rep. Teddy Edmonds, who sponsored the bill that made the designation, said.

Lawmakers passed 121 new laws while in session this year. The bulk of those take effect on Tuesday, although some had emergency stipulations that put them in effect with the governor's signature and others had different specified start dates.

Beginning Tuesday, breast-feeding mothers can get temporarily excused from jury duty. And, the state Transportation Cabinet will have the authority to raise speed limits on some roads up to 70 mph. Transportation spokesman Doug Hogan said it was still uncertain exactly when the change would take place, but it was possible it would be after the Fourth of July holiday.

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