New laws have taken effect in Kentucky that allow charter schools, regulate Bible literacy classes in public schools, and limit the supply of prescription painkillers.
Most of the laws passed in this year's legislative session by the state's new Republican majority took effect Thursday.
Kentucky's Constitution said new laws take effect 90 days after the state legislature adjourns. The exceptions have been bills that have a special effective date, an "emergency" clause, or appropriate money.
House bill 520 allows groups to apply for charter schools that are operated by an independent board of directors. House bill 333 limits people to a three-day supply of prescription painkillers, with some exceptions. House bill 128 requires the state Board of Education to write regulations governing Bible literacy classes in public schools.