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Gov. Beshear Signs 10 Bills, Vetoes 3 Others

Several bills include tougher penalties for crimes involving children.

Posted: Mar 23, 2021 8:31 PM
Updated: Mar 23, 2021 8:32 PM

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed 10 bills into law with a focus on seniors and families with children.

House Bill 254 aims to “help law enforcement better protect Kentucky’s children by enhancing penalties against predators who possess, view or distribute sexually exploitive material of minors younger than 12, according to the governor’s office.

“As attorney general, I saw first-hand how our children can be exploited online, often without even realizing it. HB 254 provides law enforcement with the authority to charge offenders with more serious crimes,” said Gov. Beshear in a press release. “This bill is personal to me as a father of a 10- and an 11-year-old. Protecting our children has to be our number one priority.”

Senate Bill 64, meanwhile allows the state to use enhanced tools to attempt to end child sexual abuse.

According to the governor's office Senate Bill 64 targets online child predators and creates tougher penalties for those who use the internet to prey on minors, especially children 12 and younger.

This bill also makes it easier for law enforcement to conduct undercover stings across the commonwealth.

The governor also vetoed three other bills passed by legislators. One of those was regarding restricting public records.

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