WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue March 5, 2013
Beshear Signs Into Law Changes for 2012 "Pill Mill Bill"
Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law Tuesday legislation aimed at fixing problems with 2012's crackdown on pill mills.
House Bill 217 exempts hospitals and long term care facilities from constantly running prescribing reports on patients in their care.
But supporters of the bill, including House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Senate President Robert Stivers and Beshear said the new legislation doesn't weaken the 2012 efforts to tackle pill mills—pain clinics that abuse their prescription-writing authority for people seeking pain medication for recreational use.
"But as with most major reforms efforts, the implementation of House Bill 1 demonstrated a few imperfections that needed to be fixed," Beshear said. "House Bill 217 makes those fixes, without reducing the impact of the original legislation."
Stivers said Frankfort should work like this more often—the General Assembly passed a law and then quickly passed legislation to address issues in it.
"When you look at the process and you write about the session and how they should work, this is a model for how legislatures should work," Stivers said.
House Bill 217 is only the second bill signed into law by the governor so far this session.