Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Commends Senate for Passage of Senate Bill 88
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today commended the Senate for the passage of Senate Bill 88.
“I would like to applaud Senator Robert Stivers and the entire Senate for their leadership and acknowledgement of this issue. Together, we are sending the message that Kentucky is tough on drugs, and this bill advances our efforts to eliminate drug trafficking and substance-abuse in Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher
Senate Bill 88 holds pharmacies as well as physicians, consumers and “internet brokers” accountable for their involvement in illegal drug trafficking. The bill will require an in-person examination of a patient and precludes physicians who have no relationship with a patient other than an internet questionnaire before prescribing controlled substances. This legislation will also connect Kentucky pharmacies electronically and record pseudoephedrine purchasing data at the point of sale. Individuals who are purchasing from numerous sources will immediately be identified.
This bill also targets profits obtained by drug dealers through asset forfeiture and brings Kentucky’s statutes more in line with federal laws by allowing these types of cases to be presented in State court as well as federal court.
“This legislation is important to our comprehensive approach to preventing substance abuse in Kentucky,” said Senator Stivers (R-Manchester). “The components of this bill will make Kentucky’s communities safer.”
Along with Senator Stivers, Senator Ray S. Jones (D-Pikeville) and Senator Dick Roeding (R-Lakeside Park) are co-sponsors of this bill.