Senate Proposes Changes to Unemployment Loan Interest Payment, Putting Plan in Danger

A Kentucky Senate committee’s changes to a bill to repay a federal loan could derail the plan. The state borrowed nearly a billion dollars during the recession to shore up the unemployment insurance fund. In 2010, lawmakers approved a plan to repay the loan through higher taxes on employers. This year, the House approved a […]

Senate Committee Passes Prescription Pill Bill

A Kentucky Senate committee has approved a bill that aims to toughen laws against prescription pill abuse. House Bill 4 is a collaborative effort between House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Attorney General Jack Conway and Governor Steve Beshear. The bill puts the KASPER prescription tracking system under Conway’s command and requires clinics that distribute pain medications […]

Debate over Psuedoephedrine as Prescription Only Getting Personal

The debate over how to regulate psedudoephedrine is becoming more polarized. Lawmakers are wrestling with the idea of whether to make the drug, known as PSE, available by prescription only. Law enforcement supports that idea, while health care and citizen groups don’t. The debate has led one state Senator to dial back his leadership on […]

Jensen Reduces Role on Psuedoephedrine Bill After Personal Attacks,

The primary sponsor of legislation attempting to make pseudoephedrine available by prescription only is taking a smaller role. State Senator Tom Jensen announced today that he will no longer be the main sponsor of Senate Bill 50. Jensen said opponents of the legislation were quickly attaching him personally to the controversial bill, something he wanted to […]

House and Senate Committees Will Discuss Pseudoephedrine Control

In a rare joint meeting, the judiciary committees of both Kentucky General Assembly chambers will hear testimony on pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine (PSE) is the key ingredient in many over-the-counter cold medicines and is essential to meth production. Tomorrow, the House and Senate Judiciary committees will hear testimony on how to control PSE. Oklahoma does not require […]