Fletcher Signs Mine Safety Bill

Governor Ernie Fletcher signs a mine safety bill that will provide new safety measures for coal miners. House Bill 207 was sponsored by Representative Brent Yonts of Greenville, Ky.

The bill increases the number of annual inspections of underground coal mines and requires groups of miners be equipped with multi-gas detectors.

The bill also authorizes the state office of mine safety and licensing to hire up to 15 additional safety analysts. Governor Fletcher commended the General Assembly’s work and the efforts of the families of the mine accident victims.