Lawmakers override veto of mental health bill
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A bill that would allow judges to order people with mental illnesses into outpatient treatment will become law despite a veto by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.
State lawmakers voted to override Bevin’s veto of Senate Bill 91. The bill would let judges order people with mental illnesses into outpatient treatment if they had been involuntarily committed at least twice in a year.
Bevin vetoed the bill because he said it would restrict people’s liberties. Mental health advocates said it would help people with mental illnesses get the treatment they need. The bill was named “Tim’s Law” in memory of Tim Morton, a Lexington man who was hospitalized 37 times before he died.
Lawmakers also voted to override Bevin’s veto of a bill that named dozens of roads throughout the state.