Competing "Disaster Bills" Filed In Frankfort

Frankfort, KY – Western Kentucky was hardest hit by the ice storm and Princeton Rep. Mike Cherry says school districts need some relief. His bill would allow districts to receive up to ten disaster days, if approved by the state education commissioner. "In my experience, down in the west, ten is a good reasonable number for when schools should be getting power back. Everybody in the district were losing their power to the schools for a five to ten day period."

Cherry's bill also applies to instructional days lost to Hurricane Ike. Louisville Rep. Ron Crimm has filed similar legislation, but his bill puts no limits on the number of disaster days districts could claim. Both bills are awaiting committee action.