The so-called “pill mill bill” has advanced to the state house floor after passage in the House Judiciary Committee this morning.
The favorable vote came down around 11:30 after significant testimony from members of the medical and legal community.
The bill requires Kentucky doctors to subscribe to and use the KASPER online prescription tracking service—something many adjoining states already mandate.
Among those testifying was Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy Director Van Ingram, who says there’s no way for a doctor to know if a patient is a pill abuser by just looking at them.
Members of the medical community voiced concerns that the bill is too intrusive and some representatives had concerns, but committee Chairman John Tilley says a compromise will be worked on between all parties.
The bill now heads for a full house floor vote.