Anti-Heroin Compromise Reached

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Commonwealth of Kentucky 
Office of Senator Chris McDaniel

For Immediate Release
Contact: John Cox
502-564-3120

ANTI-HEROIN COMPROMISE BILL ON ITS WAY TO GOVERNOR’S DESK

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 24, 2015) – After working countless hours since April to construct a bill to fight Kentucky’s heroin epidemic, I am pleased to announce the passage of Senate Bill 192. SB 192 is a compromise between the House and Senate and I cannot thank my colleagues enough for helping pass this vital legislation.

This bill will provide increased punishments for heroin traffickers and dealers as well as provide greater treatment for those addicted to the deadly drug. An emergency clause was placed on SB 192, and Governor Beshear has announced that he will sign the bill into law at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Capitol Room 110.

I would like to thank all members of the General Assembly for their dedication to passage of anti-heroin legislation this session, the various interest groups who have weighed in and the family members of victims who have testified.

Northern Kentucky has been hit harder than most any area across the nation from the impacts of heroin and I pray that this bill is another step forward to end the distribution of this drug in my home community and begin to save lives.


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SENATE WRAPS UP PART ONE OF KY G.A. ’15 BY APPROVING FOUR PRIORITY BILLS

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Friday, Jan. 9, 2014) – After successfully passing the “heroin bill” and “right-to-work” bill on Thursday, the Kentucky Senate approved two more pieces of legislation (referred to as an “administrative regulations” bill and an “informed consent” bill) on Friday morning to close out ‘part one’ of the two-part, 2015 legislative session.

Immediately following Thursday’s session which passed Senate Bills 1 and 5, the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee met to hear Senator Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville)-sponsored Senate Bill 4, which redefines current law by requiring that a woman considering an abortion have a face-to-face meeting with her physician before following through with the procedure. After hearing testimony from a group of supporters, the measure was reported out of committee favorably.

Following the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee meeting, the Senate State and Local Government Committee met to hear Chairman and primary bill sponsor Sen. Joe Bowen (R-Owensboro) present Senate Bill 2, which would prevent the executive branch of state government from administrating regulations found deficient by the General Assembly. Senate Bill 2 also was reported out of committee favorably and both bills were approved on the Senate floor Friday morning.

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“I was pleased with what we were able to accomplish in this four-day period,” Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) said Friday. “We wanted to send the message that the Senate is here to lead, to be bold and to get things done in Frankfort.

“Every piece of legislation we acted on this week touched on the goals we’ve outlined this session – to create Kentucky jobs and strengthen Kentucky families. I think it was a successful four days and we plan to build on this momentum as we move toward part two of the session in February.”

KY SENATE REPORTS TWO OF TOP FIVE BILLS OUT OF COMMITTEE

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015) – Two bills the Kentucky State Senate Majority deemed part of its “Top 5” were reported favorably out of their respective Senate standing committees Wednesday: Senate Bill 1, “The Right-to-Work Bill, and Senate Bill 5, “The Heroin Bill.

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The Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Whitney Westerfield, unanimously passed the Heroin Bill sponsored by Sen. Chris McDaniel, following testimony by numerous groups & individuals in support of the legislation.

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Chair Alice Forgy Kerr then convened the Economic Development, Tourism & Labor Committee where Senate President Robert Stivers spoke in favor of Senate Bill 1 and was joined by David Adkisson of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Hal Goode of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development.

“Our caucus is determined to create Kentucky jobs and strengthen Kentucky families,” President Stivers said. Stivers noted that both pieces of legislation are key to the underlying goals of the majority caucus, and he thanked other members of leadership and all of the senate members for their work prior to session and over the holidays.

“All of our leaders and all of the senators devoted extra time prior to session to study issues and legislation so that we could ensure that while we are here during what is a “short” session,” Stivers said.  “We are using the time we do have efficiently and in our constituents’ best interests.

“These priority bills are going to be voted on, and I expect passed, on the Senate floor the first week of session, so there is no question that our members are doing their work and getting legislation to the House in a timely manner.

“And you have to remember, while the bills did move fast the first week of session, what you are seeing is the result of legislation that has been through past sessions and committee hearings, and since adjournment last session, our senators continued to work on them. There were a lot of long days, late nights, discussions, debates and studies to get to this point.”

After the Senate committee meetings adjourned, members from both the House and Senate convened in a joint session Wednesday evening for Governor Steve Beshear‘s final State of the Commonwealth Address.

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