A bill to pay for the $4.5 billion two-year state Road Plan—passed during the recently-concluded 2012 Regular Session—has cleared the Kentucky General Assembly to end the special session.
House Bill 2, which includes the state Transportation Cabinet’s operating budget for the next two fiscal years, was approved Friday—the final day of the special session.
The bill was given final passage in the Senate—which withdrew earlier changes to the bill—on a 37-1 vote. It had been approved by the House on Wednesday by a vote of 96-2.
Legislation addressing prescription-drug abuse in the state was sent to the governor’s desk today after gaining approval from the full General Assembly.
Meanwhile, the so-called Pilll Mill Bill, sponsored by State Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville, also passed. The bill will make registration with and use of the online KASPER prescription tracking system mandatory by physicians and pharmacists prescribing or dispensing certain addictive drugs, such as oxycodone or morphine.
The bill requires pharmacists to submit data to KASPER within 24 hours of dispensing a narcotic and doctors to check the system prior to initially prescribing the monitored medications to a new patient. Doctors would then only be required to check a KASPER report every three months of a patient’s treatment.
The measure further requires that pain management clinics be owned by at least one licensed physician. Clinics already operating in the state but not owned by a physician would be allowed to remain open unless they violate a sanction regarding controlled substances.
Under the final version of the bill, the KASPER system will remain under the control of the Cabinet of Health and Family Services and not the Attorney General, but access will be limited to approved persons who are part of an established investigation of a specific individual. Interstate sharing of data will be allowed.