Frankfort, KY—Announced at a press conference held today in the Kentucky Capitol, Democratic House Caucus Chairman, Representative Dennis Keene filed legislation recommended by Attorney General Andy Beshear to create a drug addiction committee that will oversee spending of funds received as a result of pharmaceutical lawsuits. The Kentucky addiction prevention, recovery and enforcement fund shall be administered by the newly created committee.
“Kentucky’s war on drugs is a top priority for the General Assembly, transcending party lines; we’re all in this together,” said Representative Dennis Keene. “The committee will include a bipartisan appointed group to administer the funding received as a result of lawsuits filed and won by Attorney General Beshear. This is a tremendous opportunity to make inroads in the war against drug abuse and addiction, and most importantly—prevention.”
The funding managed by the committee and its assets may only be spent on addiction treatment services, addiction prevention and education, law enforcement and other programs that address the drug epidemic. As proposed in Representative Keene’s House Bill 219, the committee will include the Attorney General as chair, the House Speaker and Senate President as ex officio, nonvoting members; the Secretary of Health & Family Services Cabinet, a member of law enforcement appointed by the Attorney General, a citizen member who has lost a family member to drug overdose appointed by the governor, and a member of the drug treatment community appointed by the governor.
Listen to Representative Keene’s remarks here: https://youtu.be/ivpXD7pb4Oc
Representative Keene served as Chairman of the Licensing, & Occupations Regulations Committee in the House of Representatives prior to being elected to House Democratic Caucus Chairman in 2017. A businessman, Keene currently serves on the House Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Banking & Insurance, and Natural Resources & Energy Committees.
Representative Dennis Keene has served the citizens of the 67th District (Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, Silver Grove, Melbourne, Highland Heights, Southgate, and Wilder) in Campbell County since 2005. Keene is an economic development advisor for EGC Construction. For more information, visit: www.DennisKeene.com.