12:20 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Kentucky Lawmakers Argue Over the Specifics of Heroin Legislation

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The state Senate’s first public discussion of the House’s heroin bill on Wednesday highlighted the differences between the two chambers as they seek to address a surge in addiction throughout Kentucky.

The House bill focuses on treatment and enforcement that distinguishes between peddlers, mid-level traffickers and aggravated traffickers.

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2:25 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

After Debate Over Needle Exchanges, Kentucky House Passes Heroin Bill

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Several Kentucky legislators on Friday spoke against a provision in the House’s heroin bill that would allow local health districts to start needle exchanges—but the chamber unanimously passed the bill.

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6:39 am
Tue February 10, 2015

How the Heroin Bills Differ Between the Kentucky House and Senate

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 6:33 pm

Update 6:59 p.m.: Needle Program Possible Issue

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers said Monday it’s unlikely that the state Senate would allow a provision to allow needle exchanges in a final version of the heroin bill.

“I think they would have a very difficult time in the Senate,” said Stivers, a Republican from Manchester.

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4:01 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Leaders of Both Houses of Kentucky Legislature Remain Confident About Heroin Bill

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Leaders of both houses of the Kentucky general assembly remain committed to passage of legislation to address heroin problems. 

House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers appeared Thursday on WEKU's Eastern Standard program. Both men are confident that a heroin bill will be passed this session.

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7:05 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Senate Committee Passes Bill Addressing KY's Heroin Problem

From Left to right. Jessica Tomlin-State Senator Chris McDaniel-Alex Elswick
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In a rare vote for the first week of a short legislative session, a Senate Judiciary committee has unanimously adopted a measure aimed at tackling Kentucky's heroin problems.  The bill calls for increased treatment in jails, tougher sentences for traffickers, and wider distribution of a drug designed to reverse the effects of an overdose. 

Jessica Tomlin lost a sister to heroin.  She says increased treatment is a priority.

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6:52 am
Thu January 8, 2015

5 Takeaways From Gov. Beshear's Final State of the Commonwealth Address

Steve Beshear

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 10:18 am

FRANKFORT — In his final State of the Commonwealth address, Gov. Steve Beshear celebrated many of his major policy accomplishments during his tenure and called on lawmakers to continue moving the 2015 session toward job-creation initiatives.

The over-riding theme of Wednesday evening’s address was Beshear’s advocacy for workforce development in Kentucky, and the four ways he says he’s strengthened it: early childhood development, education reform, affordable healthcare, and low taxes.

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6:00 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Heroin Related Bills Pre-filed for 2015 KY Legislative Session

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One of the most pressing issues before state lawmakers in 2015 relates to heroin addiction.

In the last few years, drug overdose deaths have been a priority concern in many Kentucky cities and increasingly in rural communities. 

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11:00 am
Thu December 25, 2014

What One Representative Expects to Pass in the Next Kentucky General Assembly

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Kentucky lawmakers may once again consider restoring voting rights for those who have committed low-level felony offenses in the next General Assembly session.

Daviess County Rep. Tommy Thompson says he hopes the 2015 legislature will join the majority of other states that give voting rights back to those who have served time for non-violent felonies.

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7:24 am
Thu November 6, 2014

State House Democrats Unveil Agenda

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Less than 24 hours after Kentucky voters maintained the 54-46 Democratic majority in the state House of Representatives, the chamber’s leaders announced their agenda for the 2015 legislative session. 

“We want to thank the voters for their support and for giving us the opportunity to move ahead with those ideas that are important to them and that help all Kentucky families succeed,” House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.  “Our Democratic caucus has made an effort in recent years to distance itself from the policies and gridlock we have seen coming from Washington, and the voters rallied behind that.”

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6:36 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Judge Uses Drug to Aid Addicts' Recovery

Legislative interim judiciary committee co-chairs John Tilley and Whitney Westerfield heard a case for opiate addition treatment yesterday.
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In an effort to help drug addicts kick their habit, an Ohio municipal judge is offering medicated assisted treatment in his drug court.

Judge Fred Moses presented his case Thursday before a panel of Kentucky lawmakers.


In southeast Ohio, Judge Fred Moses overseas one of the few Vivitrol  drug courts in the country.  Vivitrol is an opioid receptor antagonist. Injected monthly, it blocks brain receptors from feeling opiate effects. If recovering addicts attempt to get high while on Vivitrol, they can not.


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