A House Committee has okayed a bill to gradually raise Kentucky's dropout age from 16 to 18.
The bill now goes to the full House.
This has been a pet issue for Governor Steve Beshear, and First Lady Jane Beshear, for a long time.
Representative Jeff Greer is sponsoring the bill and says if more Kentuckians have high school diplomas, fewer of them will need welfare or end up in prison.
Two members of the House Education Committee voted no citing costs and effectiveness.