A House bill that would ease Kentucky public schools’ anti-nepotism laws was approved by the Senate Education Committee last week.
It now requires the approval of the full Senate.
House Bill 277 would remove the restriction that a person is not eligible to be on a school board if the school district employs an aunt, uncle, son-in-law or daughter-in-law.
Nearly three decades ago, the General Assembly banned the nepotism that was rampant in school districts until the passage of the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act.
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Under existing law, people are not eligible to be a school board member if they have certain relatives employed by the same district. “Relative” under the current law means father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, son-in-law and daughter-in-law.
Rep. Brandon Reed, R-Hodgenville, sponsor of HB 277, said that under the current law having mothers-in-law and fathers-in law, nephews and nieces and cousins employed by the district does not make someone ineligible to be a school board member. He said the statute that restricts someone whose aunt, uncle, daughter-in-law or son-in law appears inequitable.
The committee approved the bill with a unanimous vote.
Another bill that eased nepotism laws has been approved by both the House and the Senate and delivered to Gov. Matt Bevin -- House Bill 269, sponsored by Rep. Steve Riley, R-Glasgow.
It would allow relatives who are ineligible for employment in a school district under anti-nepotism laws to be substitute employees in the district.