The transportation budget isn’t the only thing Kentucky lawmakers will be discussing in this week’s special session of the General Assembly, as the so-called “pill mill bill” is also expected to pass in some form.
The bill would require all Kentucky doctors to participate in the online KASPER prescription tracking program in an effort to prevent patients from going to several doctors to obtain the same addictive medications.
House Judiciary Chairman John Tilley of Hopkinsville has worked alongside Senate Judiciary Chairman Tom Jensen since January to craft a bill that would both meet the state’s needs and be satisfactory to legit doctors who also want to cut down on prescription abuse. Tilley says it was frustrating to come so close to having it law, only to see it not make it through on the final day.
Representative Tilley says it should have never required a special session to pass the pill mill bill or transportation budget.
Representative Myron Dossett agrees the bill was crafted to be satisfactory for the state and doctors alike and says it’s time for partisan politics to cease in Frankfort.
Even with the frustration and delays, most expect the bill to pass some time this week and for the governor to sign it into law.