Gov. Beshear signs legislation allowing Kentucky’s student-athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear signed legislation that approves of compensation for student-athletes in Kentucky if their name, image and likeness is used.

In June of last year, after consulting with lawmakers and universities, Gov. Beshear was the first governor to sign an executive order immediately allowing students to receive such compensation, according to a release.

Senate Bill 6 codifies the Governor’s Executive Order 2021-418 in state law.

“Today we are once again showing some of that Team Kentucky spirit by working together, universities as well as leadership of both parties, to help our world-class student-athletes in Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said after signing legislation in the statehouse Rotunda.

Kentucky General Assembly members who sponsored the legislation voiced support for the governor’s actions.