|@WilSchroder rises, asks that we sharpen our focus on important issues still facing #kyga15, heroin in particular. Photo via @KYSenateGOP (twitter).|
House and Senate answers to heroin epidemic (HB213 and SB5) have more in common than different. -@RepJohnTilley #kyga15
Live Updates: (via Bluegrass Politics, KY House Democrats, KY House GOP).
Senate Judiciary Cmte to hear House's heroin bill (HB 213) at 8 am Wed. Headed for conference cmte and a final deal?
Senate Judiciary Cmte takes up House heroin bill, but just to talk, not to vote. Senate has its own heroin bill. No deal yet.
#kyga15 nearly 2/3 over. Is today really first time the House & Senate have compared their competing heroin bills? Clock is ticking.
Rep John Tilley tells Senate Judiciary Cmte the needle exchange in House heroin bill would save lives, put politics aside. #kyga15
Rep John Tilley tells Senate Judiciary Cmte the House heroin bill tries to separate addicts/peddlers from traffickers. #kyga15
|Photo via @DennisKeene (Twitter)|
Attending the Senate Judiciary hearing on the heroin bill, with Chairman @RepJohnTilley testifying this morning. (@DennisKeene)
.@RepJohnTilley says 13 cases w/ >1kg of heroin prosecuted in Jefferson Co. 2011-13, would face more time under HB213. #kyga15
Sen. Will Schroder argues that few dealers sell as much as a kilo, the trigger for a Class B felony in the House #heroin bill. #kyga15
.@RepJohnTilley says research shows more time in jail for heroin users doesn't break cycle of addiction, treatment does. #kyga15
. @RepJohnTilley says needle exchanges encourage treatment, reduce disease. Asks lawmakers to put politics aside, approve provision kyga15
.@RepJohnTilley says HB213 puts naloxone - medication that stops an overdose - in hands of first responders, firefighters, police. #kyga15
Talks continue in Sen. hearing House @RepJohnTilley #Heroin Bill. Users n Needle exchange program 5X more likely 2 get treatment. #kyga15
|Photo via Chris McDaniel|
.@RepJohnTilley says needle exchange provision included in bill because "it works", House voted unanimously to approve. #kyga15
.@RepJohnTilley says local-option needle exchanges would allow, not require, cities to set up exchanges to fight disease. #kyga15
.@RepJohnTilley says HB213 creates 3-tiered system for penalties based on amount of heroin: peddling, trafficking, aggravated. #kyg15