Government

Government
8:25 am
Fri March 2, 2012

State House Budget Vote

The Kentucky House is expected to vote on an austere state budget by the middle of next week.  Speaker Greg Stumbo says he doesn't expect a lot of changes to Governor Steve Beshear's original budget proposal. The governor's $19.5 billion, two-year budget proposal includes 8.4 percent cuts to most state agencies. The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee vote is expected Tuesday.

Government
3:44 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

PSE compromise passes committee

A supposed compromise on a bill aimed at cracking down on meth production in Kentucky is once again making its way through the state Senate.

The bill passed committee quickly this morning. The bill's sponsor, Senator Robert Stivers, says the bill could be voted on the Senate floor as soon as this afternoon.

The compromise will allow pseudoephedrine (a key ingredient in meth) to continue to be bought over the counter, but will limit consumers to only three point six grams, which is equivalent to one box of cold medicine, a month.

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Government
2:04 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Conway Calls for Federal Help to Monitor Prescription Drugs

Attorney General Jack Conway at a prescription drug Take-Back day in Louisville
ag.ky.gov Office of the Attorney General

While the Kentucky General Assembly considers legislation aimed at reducing the state’s prescription drug epidemic, Attorney General Jack Conway is taking his message about painkillers to Washington. Conway testified Thursday before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He asked for federal help in creating a nationwide prescription monitoring system.

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Medicaid
7:24 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Feds Approve Illinois Medicaid Fraud Check

2012 General Assembly
7:18 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Senate Passes Bill to Require Seat Belts in Vans

wikipedia.com

AP Report...

Military
7:13 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Defense Secretary to Visit Fort Campbell

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AP Report...

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will visit Fort Campbell Friday to observe training and meet with soldiers and others.  He will watch predeployment training and medical response training and have a question-and-answer session. Panetta will also speak to 400 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division.  This is Panetta's first visit to Fort Campbell since taking office last July 1.

Tourism & Heritage
7:09 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Kentucky Tourism Commissioner Resigns

bluegrasspundit.com

AP Report...

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House Passes Pair of Drug Bills
2:37 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

House Judiciary Passes Two Bills to Overhaul Drug Enforcement

The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee has overwhelmingly passed two bills to overhaul the state's fight against drugs.

One bill deals with synthetic drugs. It would ban the manufacture of any drug that simulates an illegal substance or that contains certain chemical compounds.

The second bill is an overhaul of the KASPER system, which monitors prescription drugs. The bill puts KASPER under the Attorney General's office and requires the board of medical licensure to crack down on reports that prescriptions are being over prescribed.

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2012 General Assembly
11:38 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Legislature Considers Interest Loan Bill

wikipedia.com

A deal to help Kentucky repay a federal loan is officially on the table.

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Health
11:11 am
Wed February 29, 2012

State Auditor has Recommendations for MCO's

kentucky.com

State Auditor Adam Edelen has released ten recommendations for a more efficient Medicaid Managed Care system in Kentucky.

For weeks, the MCOs, lawmakers, health care providers and patients have tussled over the new system, which was implemented quickly to plug a budget gap.

MCOs have promised lawmakers that the majority of problems are fixed, but some areas like pharmacy and mental health, are still having issues.

Rather than directly auditing the managed care organizations, Edelen instead looked into how the system was using taxpayer’s funds.

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