Kentucky Senate leader plans Purdue Pharma settlement probe

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Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Senate’s top leader says he plans to forge ahead with a proposal to investigate the state’s $24 million settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma.

Senate President Robert Stivers said Thursday it’s uncertain yet who would lead the investigation.

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Stivers has complained that the state was shortchanged in the settlement. It was reached by former Attorney General Jack Conway at the end of 2015, just a few days before he left office.

Stivers says he still plans to introduce a proposal at the start of the 2020 legislative session to push for the investigation. The session starts Jan. 7.