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.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.