Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is disappointed a bill to crack down on prescription drug abuse died during the final night of the regular session. The initial proposal sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo required doctors to use KASPER, which is the state's prescription monitoring effort. It also required that pain management clinics be owned by physicians licensed in Kentucky.
Conway says the Republican-controlled Senate in particular should act in good faith and pass the original proposal. He says lawmakers should not let special interests write the prescription drug legislation and pledges his office will work with the legislature.
Governor Steve Beshear has called for a special session to begin next Monday. The agenda will include the prescription drug measure.