Gov. Bevin Vetoes Legislation

So far, Gov. Matt Bevin has vetoed three pieces of legislation passed this session.

Senate Bill 7 didn’t pass muster. That bill would have created the Kentucky Rare Disease Advisory Council, which would have been funded by a state appropriation as well as from donations and other sources. SB 7 did not make a specific appropriation request. State Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, was the bill’s primary sponsor.

Bevin also vetoed House Bill 148, sponsored by state Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence. Under this measure, the medication of people who die while in hospice care would be turned over to the hospice for disposal. Many people in hospice often are prescribed narcotics to deal with end-of-life pain, and this measure was an attempt to keep some of those drugs off the street.

And yesterday Bevin vetoed House Bill 362. This bill started as one to require high schools to provide the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery to students. A Senate committee sub converted this bill to a pension bill: It would have allowed universities, community colleges, health departments and certain other non-profits to leave the Kentucky Employees Retirement System or the County Employee Retirement System if they paid their share of the debt to the system. The bill originally was sponsored by state Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, and state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, added the committee sub and a committee amendment to the bill.