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Prescription drug bill goes back to state House

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The attorney general's staff would have
restricted access to electronic prescription drug monitoring under
a House bill that passed the Senate Wednesday.

The bill has been sent to the House Rules Committee and may go
to a conference to work out differences between House and Senate
versions.

The bill by Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg
would give prosecutors access to prescription information under the
state's prescription drug monitoring program, known as KASPER.

The key provision is that KASPER be moved from the Cabinet for
Health and Family Services to the attorney general's office.

On Wednesday, Sen. Tom Jensen, R-London, said having it in the
cabinet hasn't worked. His changes include "gatekeeper
provisions" to alleviate doctors' fear of "free for all"
investigations.
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The legislation is House Bill 4.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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