Third District State Senator Whitney Westerfield was one of only 12 members of the General Assembly to receive the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce MVP Award this year.
Chad Harpole of the Chamber presented the award to Senator Westerfield for sponsoring Senate Bill 157, also known as the Kentucky Drug Free Workplace Bill. It would lessen workers compensation costs for Kentucky businesses by shifting the burden of proof to the employee when they test positive for drugs or alcohol after being injured in a workplace accident.
Senator Westerfield says the award was truly an honor, considering it came after his first session.
The bill failed to pass this year due to some issues with language, but it will likely come up again next session. Senator Westerfield says it would also implement addiction treatment options for those who choose to self-report problems with drugs or alcohol.
It's certainly not the first time a local lawmaker has won the MVP Award. State Representative John Tilley was presented with the honor last year.