Governor signs legislation to help Kentucky veterans

Governor Steve Beshear signed House Bills 14 and 75 into law Thursday, both of which are designed to help Kentucky veterans.

House Bill 14, which was sponsored by Rep. Charles Siler, of Williamsburg, will allow disabled Kentucky veterans to stay at Kentucky state parks for up to three nights a year, free of charge.

House Bill 75 was sponsored by Rep. Mike Cherry, of Princeton. According to a news release from the governor's office, it amends current state government personnel statutes to provide a preference to veterans, and codifies the language in an existing emergency regulation, issued by the governor.

"This legislation is a recognition of their sacrifice, but it also benefits taxpayers," Beshear stated in the news release. "We are all better off for having more veterans in state government."

Without passage of the law, the governor's office said Kentucky would have been one of only two states that do not have some form of active veterans' preference.

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