OPS board delays vote on e-cigarette lawsuit motion

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – An expected vote by the Owensboro Public School vote on whether joining a lawsuit against e-cigarette makers is postponed.

The board was expected to vote on a resolution tonight, a week after the Daviess County Public School board approved a similar resolution.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Matthew Constant says they tabled the resolution because two of the five board members were not at tonight’s meeting.

The resolution included the hiring of an Owensboro firm, Rhoads and Rhoads, to work with a Louisville firm who filed the suit.

School officials say there’s been a significant amount of time and resources used addressing and disciplining students for using and possessing while on school grounds.

They also want manufacturers of the products to stop marketing to students, and asks for compensation for interrupting the students’ education.

Districts in Jefferson, Warren and other Kentucky counties joined the lawsuit earlier this year.

Constant says the resolution could be voted on at another meeting next month.

Original Story

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – The Owensboro school board will decide whether to join a growing lawsuit against e-cigarette makers. A spokesperson said they went into a closed session to discuss the resolution.

Last week, the Daviess County school board approved a resolution to join a lawsuit started by other Kentucky school districts against Juul and other manufacturers.

The suit the board voted on was filed by a Louisville law firm which included districts in Jefferson, Franklin, and Warren counties.

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(This story was originally published on January 23, 2020)

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