AG candidate Andy Beshear says lawmakers must agree on heroin bill before any special session

04/21/2014 01:12 PM

While Gov. Steve Beshear hasn’t decided to call a special session for lawmakers to pick up the heroin bill again, his son and Democratic attorney general candidate Andy Beshear said Monday there should be a session but only if details of the bill were worked out in advance.

“Heroin is both deadly and cheap, and is killing Kentuckians in every walk of life. I am disappointed that the General Assembly was unable to agree on legislative solutions to address this non-partisan crisis, but an expensive special session should only be called if an agreement on substantive and effective legislation can be reached,” Beshear said in response to a request for comment from Pure Politics.

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, told Pure Politics after the 60-day legislative session ended at midnight on April 16 that he saw the need for a $300,000 special session on the issue.

The House failed to act on a bill before time ran out in the session.

While cities — especially in Northern Kentucky — grapple with funding treatment beds and fighting the crime related heroin dealing, Beshear said state leaders and communities can and should take steps that don’t require legislative changes.

“The commonwealth needs to aggressively look for and implement non-legislative options, which must include forceful prosecution of dealers and adequately funded treatment for addicts,” the younger Beshear’s statement said. “Our families, friends, and neighbors demand no less.”

Beshear is the first and so far only Democrat to enter the 2015 race for attorney general. He has raised more than $1.1 million in the campaign.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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