After spending 65 days in Frankfort, Kentucky lawmakers can once again point to strong new drug laws as their signature achievements. The General Assembly passed bills cracking down on synthetic drugs, prescription abuse and meth production.
But many other areas, including education, are more of a mixed bag. Lawmakers didn't approve charter school legislation, but they did pass an alternative bill that creates charter-like districts of innovation. And while separate bills raising the dropout age to 18 failed, legislation on career and technical education curriculum passed.
Many issues still remain for next year's session. Notably, lawmakers will have to deal with redistricting again. As well as countless other issues that couldn't quite make it over the finish line this year.