9:25 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Tilley: “All Options” Considered for Heroin Bill’s Revival

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State lawmakers are reconsidering legislation that would combat Kentucky’s heroin problem.

Rep. John Tilley, a Democrat from Hopkinsville, chairs the powerful House Judiciary Committee. 

He is working with his Senate committee counterpart, Republican Sen. Whitney Westerfield, and other lawmakers to revive the failed bill.

“"There’s a very concerned group of us who are meeting and discussing it often, and everything is still on the table,” said Tilley.

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4:11 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers Won’t Return to Frankfort for Special Session

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.  

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6:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Clock Runs Out on House to Pass Heroin Bill

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A high-profile measure that would enact tougher heroin laws in Kentucky failed to gain traction in the state House in the waning moments of this year's legislative session.

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11:04 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Bill Aimed at Curbing Kentucky Heroin Epidemic Likely to Fail This Year

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A bill cracking down on Kentucky's growing heroin epidemic is facing an uncertain future in Frankfort, as lawmakers are concerned about the constitutionality of one of the bill’s key provisions.

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7:07 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Heroin Bill Narrowly Passes Out of Committee

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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.

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9:45 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Northern Kentuckians Share Thoughts on Heroin Epidemic With U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

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Republican U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell heard testimony on Friday from Northern Kentuckians on how to tackle Kentucky’s burgeoning heroin epidemic.

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5:12 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Senate Heroin Bill Headed For the House

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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. 

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10:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly

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.

The session starts Tuesday.

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4:44 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

State Senator Clark Says Proposed Heroin Legislation is "A Bad Bill"

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A Kentucky lawmaker is taking issue with proposed legislation aimed at tackling the state’s growing heroin problem. 

Legislation from Republican Senator Katie Stine would raise penalties for heroin traffickers and punish dealers by reclassifying overdose deaths as criminal homicide when there is sufficient evidence. 

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4:04 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Louisville Man Arrested for Drug Trafficking in Ohio County

Ohio County Sherriff's deputies have seized a half-million dollars worth of heroin and methamphetamine as part of an undercover operation.

Police arrested 23 year-old Leon Mays of Louisville Tuesday at a truck stop on the Western Kentucky Parkway. 

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