It appears Kentucky lawmakers will not return to the state capital before January.
State legislators barely made it home in April when there was talk of a possible special session on heroin-related legislation. The question of state funding for Rupp Arena was also mentioned as a special session topic.
A bill to raise penalties on heroin traffickers and provide new treatment options for opiate addicts has narrowly cleared a Kentucky House committee.
The House Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 5 with 12 yes votes, and 8 members abstaining due to concerns over the measure’s constitutionality regarding charging drug traffickers with homicides for overdose deaths and the bill’s emphasis on prosecution.
The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that aims to fix the state’s heroin problem.
The Senate voted 36 to zero on to charge drug dealers with homicide if users die from an overdose, to provide immunity to “Good Samaritans” who seek medical attention for overdose victims, and to increase funding for treatment efforts.
As temperatures in Kentucky slowly climb out of the polar abyss, so too will state lawmakers emerge from their districts and trek to Frankfort for the opening day of the 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
Paducah authorities have seen a rise in heroin use in the city over the past year. Yesterday Paducah Police arrested 20 year old Jason A. Morris on suspicion of selling heroin. During a four month investigation into Morris' activities, Undercover officers purchased a total of 9 grams of heroin. The street value of the seized heroin totals more than $5,000.