House OKs new version of heroin bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers are setting the stage for negotiations on high-profile legislation aimed at combating the state’s growing heroin epidemic.

The House overwhelmingly passed a new bill Wednesday night that contains some compromises between House Democrats and Senate Republicans. The measure goes to the Senate, but the new version is far from an agreement on an issue that has so far eluded a final compromise to tackle the heroin scourge.

The issue is expected to end up in a House-Senate conference committee that will try to work out a final version for lawmakers to consider when they return for a wrap-up session later this month.

Lawmakers begin a nearly two-week break after Wednesday.

Before passing the measure, the House included $10 million in funding for treatment programs.


The legislation is Senate Bill 192.

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