The Latest: Civics test to be required for high school grads

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Latest on the Kentucky legislature (all times local):

8:40 p.m.

Kentucky high school students would have to pass a civics test in order to graduate under a bill that passed the state legislature.

The state Senate sent Senate Bill 159 to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's desk on Wednesday. The test would be based on the same test immigrants must pass to become U.S. citizens. Any student who has already passed a similar test in the past five years would be exempt.

The test would be 100 questions. To pass, students would need to answer at least 60 questions correctly.

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8:16 p.m.

Kentuckians will have the option of purchasing "voluntary travel IDs" to replace their driver's licenses under a bill headed to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's desk.

The Senate gave final passage to House Bill 410 by a vote of 26-11 on Wednesday. It would bring the state into compliance with the federal Real ID Act of 2005, passed in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Kentucky residents could pay an extra $5 to have a driver's license that complies with the federal law. Anyone who doesn't pay would have a standard driver's license. Beginning in January, a federally compliant license is needed to board domestic flights or enter U.S. military bases.

Bevin vetoed similar legislation last year. But this year, he has promised to sign it.

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5:45 p.m.

Kentucky lawmakers have wrapped up work on a bill that would set guidelines for the governor when replacing entire public university boards or individual members.

The bill cleared its final hurdle Wednesday when the House passed it 60-33. The measure now goes to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

The measure, Senate Bill 107, is a response to upheaval at the University of Louisville, which has had multiple governing boards since last year.

The bill would clarify when and how the governor can remove individual members or entire public university boards.

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5:15 p.m.

The Kentucky House has passed a bill aimed at helping people overcome their criminal past to get occupational licenses they might need to start new careers.

The bill could be one step away from final passage. It would prevent the automatic denial of occupational licenses to people with criminal backgrounds.

House members voted 85-9 Wednesday to pass the bill, sending it back to the Senate.

The House made a change that applies to people convicted of violent or sex-related crimes. Under the change, those offenders would have to prove there's no connection between their crime and the duties of the occupation for which they're seeking a license.

The bill, Senate Bill 120, returns to the Senate, which will consider whether to accept the change.

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