Politics
2:49 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Prescription Pill Bill Again Faces Trouble in Senate, Future Still Uncertain

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.

“I don’t know there are a lot of discussions if you look at some of the provisions that were new provisions that were included beyond what was introduced in the regular session or what was discussed in the free conference committee report,” Stivers says.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he doesn’t want the Senate to make many changes to the bill or return to the conference committee report, which he says is a weaker bill.