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For-Profit College Oversight Bill Clears House

The Kentucky House Thursday said yes to legislation requiring greater oversight of for-profit colleges in the state. But it wasn’t a resounding yes.The bill, sponsored by Louisville Representative Reginald Meeks, cleared the chamber 57-38.“The bill shrinks their board, provides for greater transparency, greater oversight," he said. "And it moves for-profit schools that offer degree programs over to the CPE [Council on Postsecondary Education] where all other schools that offer degree programs reside.” “This bill needs to have a little bit more thought put into it and it needs to be organized a little bit better," said Louisville Representative Jim Wayne, who voted for the measure. "The hope was that in passing it today out of the House, we can send it to the Senate, and in the process it can be improved along the way.”Louisville Representative Bob DeWeese was among the bill's opponents. “There are many of those for-profit schools that are excellent. Sullivan University in Louisville, their cooking school was invited to go to Beijing and cook for all the Olympics the last time we were over there," he said.The bill now heads to the Senate. The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee Thursday held a third day of hearings on the Medicaid budget bill approved by the House, but took no vote. Lawmakers have only eight more days to finish their work.