As for legislation, the first bill to pass out of the Senate this week was Senate Bill 78. The intention of this legislation is to keep liability from automatically being attributed to landlords whose tenants own a dog in the event that the dog bites and injures someone on the property. Currently, a property owner can be held liable for a dog bite that takes place on his rented property.
Another bill that passed is Senate Bill 47, which requires the reporting of newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome, the medical term for babies born dependent to drugs due to the use of the mother during pregnancy. The legislation requires the Kentucky Department for Public Health to publish statistical data on the number of neonatal abstinence syndrome infants on at least an annual basis. The report does not give any identifying information about the mother or the infant; it simply reports regional and county statistics.
Another health-related piece of legislation, House Bill 98 passed, represents a bipartisan effort to solve an issue of safely treating diabetic students in schools.
House Bill 98 would permit students to inject themselves with their needed insulin while in school, and requires schools to have at least one trained staff member to administer medication for diabetes after they successfully complete the American Diabetes Association training program.
Senate Bill 61 also passed this week. This bill designates pastoral counselors who hold advanced degrees and training in behavioral and mental health, as “Kentucky licensed clinical” pastoral counselors rather than “certified fee-based” pastoral counselors. This change will make these professional services eligible for private insurance billing. In addition, it will assist our state in complying with recent state and federal policies requiring Medicaid and insurance policies on the health care exchange to provide substance abuse and behavioral health services. This bill in no way interrupts or interferes with the current counseling provided by pastors or laymen at your place of worship.
Please continue to contact me with your issues and concerns. You may call my office in Frankfort at 800-372-7181 or e-mail me at Stan.Humphries@lrc.ky.gov. You can also follow the work of our caucus on twitter at @kysenategop. I appreciate your time and input.
Senator Stan Humphries (R-Cadiz) represents the 1st District including Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon and Trigg Counties. He is the Co-Chairman of the Capital Planning Advisory Board, Chairman of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Education, as well as the Vice-Chairman of both the Education Committee and the State and Local Government Committee. He is a member of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee and the Agriculture Committee.