Friday, January 9, 2015

Kentucky Senate approves anti-heroin bill on 3rd day of session

The state Senate unanimously approved an anti-heroin bill on Thursday designed to set the tone for the short legislative session while arming Republicans with strong arguments to capture the governor's mansion in November.

The bill cleared the Republican-dominated Senate from start to finish in just three days. And while lawmakers said it was not a partisan issue, politicians on both sides were positioning themselves to benefit from the bill's passage

The bill redirects about $7.5 million of state money to local jails for substance abuse treatment programs. And it shields heroin users from minor drug charges if they dial 911 during an overdose.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear called for similar legislation in his State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.