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Bevin Reviewing "Kentucky Colonel" Requirements

Josh James

Elvis Presley has one. So does Bill Clinton. But Kentucky's Republican governor wants to review what it takes to be commissioned as a "Kentucky Colonel."

A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says he has temporarily stopped issuing Kentucky Colonel commissions pending a review of the requirements necessary to receive the honorary title.

The title of Kentucky Colonel dates back to the early 19th century, when Kentucky had a volunteer militia. Today, the title is a ceremonial one that governors often bestow to honor a person's good deeds or service. At least 85,000 people have received the title, according to the nonprofit group The Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels.

Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said Bevin wants to review the requirements for receiving the title to make sure it remains significant.