Legislative update from Humphries
by Stan Humphries, Kentucky Senator, District One
Mar 05, 2014 | 220 220 recommendations | email to a friend | print
March promises many things here in the Commonwealth. It looks like it will start with more winter weather before we get any relief, the college basketball season heats up, and we in the Senate tackle the most difficult part of the job, the biennial budget. As we still wait for the House to pass their version of the budget, legislation continues in our chamber.

This week Senate Bill 7 was signed by Governor Beshear. The new law will allow nurse practitioners to prescribe medication without a physician as long as they meet the requirements. Ultimately this will provide more access to medical care, especially for citizens in rural areas.

For example, Senate Bill 105 also passed this week. The bill changes statute language to allow newspaper delivery workers to be contract employees, not employees of the newspapers. Newspaper carriers act as contractors as it stands, and this change allows the law to reflect what is in practice.

Senate Bill 23 is another measure that has limited scope but that will make a needed improvement in the commercial moving industry. Senate Bill 23 will help small businesses compete. Currently, these moving companies must receive written approval from their competitors before being eligible to receive a certificate/license to operate in Kentucky. This legislation changes the language so that these companies seeking a certificate/license can apply directly to the Transportation Cabinet. This allows more competition in the marketplace and helps keep prices competitive for consumers.

Senate Bill 84 also passed this week. It requires entities that purchases cars for scrap to search the vehicle identification number and make sure no liens or delinquent taxes exist. If such exists, the business cannot accept the vehicle.

Senate Bill 118 passed and will benefit families and individuals with eye conditions. The legislation permits eye drops to be refilled more frequently and requires insurers to cover an additional bottle of prescription eye drops once every three months if needed for a child in day care or school. It is critical that children with glaucoma have access to this medication to maintain their sight and eye health.

As we wait for the biennial budget to be forwarded from the House, we continue on through the legislative process taking care of outstanding issues. Our committee meetings and chamber proceedings are open to the public, aired on KET and streamed live and archived online at www.ket.org. If you can’t drive up, then tune in.

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.
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