Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's expanded gambling amendment has failed in the state Senate. The measure would have allowed for a public vote on whether to legalize casinos. It fell seven votes short of the 23 it needed to move to the House, largely due to fractures in the Democratic caucus.
A Senate bill that would have made pseudoephedrine available by prescription only has surprisingly been killed by its sponsor. State Senator Robert Stivers withdrew Senate Bill 50 Thursday, to the objection of several of his colleagues.
Methamphetamine lab seizures rose nationally again in 2011, further evidence the powerfully addictive and dangerous drug is maintaining a tight grip on the nation's heartland, according to an Associated Press survey of the nation's top meth-producing states.
A national organization trying to beat back a Kentucky bill making pseudoephedrine a prescription-only drug spent five times as much as any other group lobbying state lawmakers last month.
The Courier-Journal reports the Consumer Healthcare Products Association of Washington, D.C spent nearly $195,000 lobbying Kentucky lawmakers in January.
Some Kentucky lawmakers and many law enforcement officials want to make pseudoephedrine available by prescription only because it’s a necessary ingredient in making meth, a drug that is ravaging rural parts of the Commonwealth.