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Kentucky lawmakers are also busy outlining their hopes for the legislative session. One issue involves student loans.

Some attorneys in Kentucky say they have to choose between paying their bills and paying their student loans.

Lawyers who work for public offices say they need help paying off their student loans which can run in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Many times the lawyers represent people who can’t afford legal aid, yet the lawyers say they too need help.

“The amount of student loan debt makes a difficult choice for me. I have to decide whether I can pay my mortgage or if I can pay my student loans sometimes,” attorney, Leigh Meredith said.

House Bill 226 was introduced by Representative Rob Wilkey of Scottsville. It would offer hundreds of dollars in monthly reimbursment for lawyers with money coming from the court cost distribution fund.

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