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.


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