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
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.