Politics
10:35 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Kentucky Senate Leaders Ask for Special Session on Heroin

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said he will ask Democratic Governor Steve Beshear to call a special session so lawmakers can strengthen penalties for heroin dealers.

The Kentucky General Assembly adjourned for the year at midnight Tuesday without passing a heroin bill that had the support of both parties and statewide elected officials.

A spokeswoman for Beshear said the governor was traveling on Wednesday and that it was too early to decide if a special session was needed. State officials estimate a special session would cost taxpayers about $60,000 per day.

The Senate passed a bill in January that would make high-volume heroin dealers serve longer sentences. It also would have required the state to pay substance abuse treatment and education programs. The House never voted on the bill.