State Senator Robert Stivers

Rx Pill Bill Delayed as Senate Takes a Second Look

by Kenny Colston on 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 bill and has scheduled a committee meeting for tomorrow, what was supposed to be the last day of the special session.

Senator Robert Stivers says he has questions about how the bill is different from the measure lawmakers nearly voted on during the regular session. [click to continue…]

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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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School Construction Could Be A Roadblock in Budget Talks

by Kenny Colston March 27, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers continue to work on a budget compromise. Both chambers of the General Assembly have approved budget bills and a conference committee has been meeting since Monday to work out the differences. One major point of disagreement is funding for school construction. It’s a priority for the House. But Senators were not ready to […]

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Lawmakers Propose Partial Sales Tax Refunds for Residents of Tornado-Stricken Areas

by Kenny Colston March 20, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers are planning to help home and business owners in tornado-stricken areas. Earlier this month, tornadoes ripped through Northern and Eastern Kentucky, causing millions of dollars in damage. But lawmakers are working on legislation to give storm victims refunds on sales tax for building materials. The plan addresses a concern that people won’t rebuild […]

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Senate Passes Bill That Changes Redistricting Process

by Kenny Colston March 15, 2012

A bill that would alter the section of the state Constitution dealing with redistricting is moving through the state legislature. The Senate took up the measure today. The bill passed mostly on party lines in the Republican-controlled chamber, 27-11. Senate Bill 18 provides more guidance to lawmakers drawing new districts in split counties and gives […]

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House Judiciary Committee Has First Hearing on PSE Bill

by Kenny Colston March 13, 2012

A proposal to restrict the purchase of pseudoephedrine-containing medicine is now up for discussion in the Kentucky House of Representatives. The cold medicine is a key ingredient in meth production, and lawmakers hope restricting PSE will reduce meth use in the commonwealth. Earlier this month, the Senate passed a compromise proposal. That bill limits consumers […]

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Senate Bill Would Amend Constitution on Redistricting, Defer to Federal Law

by Kenny Colston March 8, 2012

A move to amend the provisions of Kentucky’s constitution that deal with redistricting has been introduced in the state Senate. State Senator Robert Stivers’s bill would change the laws around redistricting, and give more direction for how medium-sized counties could be split. Right now, the constitution says that any county that can be made one […]

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State Senate Passes Bill Regulating PSE Medicine Use

by Kenny Colston March 2, 2012

A bill regulating the amount of certain cold medicines consumers can buy over the counter has passed the State Senate. The bill is intended to crack down on meth users, who use cold medicine to make the illegal drug. Senate Bill 3 passed after an amendment raised the monthly pseudoephedrine allotment to seven point two […]

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Current Bill to Regulate PSE Use In Trouble, Another Compromise Possible

by Kenny Colston March 1, 2012

A bill dealing with pseudoephedrine usage could be in trouble for the second straight legislative session. Supporters of restricting PSE use thought they had a compromise. Previous bills have attempted to make the drug available by prescription only. The latest measure would allow the drug to remain over the counter but limits consumers to three […]

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