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Beshear Signs Prescription Pill Bill Into Law

by Kenny Colston on April 24, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers and Governor Steve Beshear are applauding the passage of a bill aimed at reducing prescription pill abuse.

Beshear signed the pill bill today, inviting key legislators and law enforcement officers to take part in the ceremony.

The new law isn’t as tough as some had hoped. But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says changes can always be made later.

“And I would have obviously preferred something stronger, but it is a step in the right direction and if it doesn’t work we can always come back and do something to amend it later,” Stumbo says. [click to continue…]

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Rx Pill Bill Delayed as Senate Takes a Second Look

by Kenny Colston April 19, 2012

A bill aimed at cracking down on prescription pill abuse could be stalled once again in the Kentucky Senate. Senate leaders say they are still reviewing the bill, which would enhance the KASPER tracking system and make it part of the attorney general’s office. The chamber is taking an extra day to look over the […]

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House Passes Special Session Pill Bill, Road Plan Funding

by Kenny Colston April 18, 2012

The Kentucky House of Representatives has passed both bills on its agenda for this year’s special session. House lawmakers approved both the road plan funding bill and a measure to crack down on prescription pill abuse today by wide margins. The more contentious of the two bills was the prescription pill legislation. The House and […]

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Return of Original Rx Pill Bill Starts a New Fight Over the Issue

by Kenny Colston April 17, 2012

A change to the so-called pill bill in Frankfort has restarted the fight over the measure in the General Assembly. Prescription abuse is rampant in Kentucky, and the bill strengthens restrictions on the drugs and who can sell them. The measure didn’t clear the General Assembly during this year’s regular session, and lawmakers have been […]

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Kentucky’s Special Session Begins

by Kenny Colston April 16, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers have returned to the capitol for a special session, and it’s not clear how long they’ll remain in Frankfort to finish their work. The House gaveled in at noon today and quickly filed two bills. One measure cracks down on prescription pill abuse and another funds the state road plan. Neither measure cleared […]

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Stumbo Says House Won’t Override Budget Vetoes, Giving Beshear the Final Word

by Kenny Colston April 12, 2012

Governor Steve Beshear’s 45 vetoes to the executive branch budget will remain intact. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the House Democratic caucus chose not to override any vetoes, despite the objections of individual lawmakers. “But collectively as a body the caucus chose to support the governor’s decisions to veto. He gave a very good presentation […]

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Lawmakers Reach Deal on Road Plan, But Don’t Pass Funding Mechanism

by Kenny Colston April 12, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers have  reached a late night agreement on a road plan. The House and the Senate finally compromised on two-year and six-year road plans early this morning. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the impasse was finally broken at about the same time the budget conference committee passed their compromise two weeks ago. “3 o’ […]

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Future of Coal County Scholarship Program Uncertain

by Kenny Colston April 3, 2012

A bill to create a scholarship fund to help students from coal mining counties in Kentucky finish their education is once again in limbo. House Bill 260 would create a fund to give scholarships to college juniors and seniors who finish their degrees at schools in coal-producing counties. The program was originally meant only for […]

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Prescription Pill Bill Will Be Voted on After Veto Recess

by Kenny Colston April 2, 2012

Confusion and last-minute lobbying have potentially derailed what some Kentucky lawmakers considered the hallmark of the current legislative session. House Bill 4 is better known as the prescription pill bill. It’s centerpiece is the transfer of the KASPER drug tracking system to the attorney general’s office. Late last week, it appeared lawmakers had struck a […]

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Road Plan Vote Delayed to Last Day of Session

by Kenny Colston March 30, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers are unlikely to approve new two-year and six-year road plans in time to override any gubernatorial vetoes. The conference committee working on the plans did not come to a compromise late last night, significantly decreasing the potential for a deal today. The plans fund many projects, including the widening of Interstate 65, the […]

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