Frankfort, KY | MARCH 17, 2020
This afternoon HB 135 was passed out of the Kentucky Senate by a vote of 32-0. Senator Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville) spoke on the legislation on the floor of the Senate.
“House Bill 135 is a collaborative effort between various stake holders to deliver the most efficient care for Kentucky Patients.” Said Sen. Adams. “This important legislation will modernize PA practice in the state and eliminate red tape by giving physicians and PAs the flexibility to determine what prescribing is best for their practice … Many well trained PAs are leaving Kentucky and passing HB 135 will work to keep them here and serving our patients.
Ultimately, as a result of negotiations with Senate leadership, the legislation passed with a committee substitute that allows for prescribing of Schedule 3 through 5 medications. Because of these changes the bill will return to the House for a vote of concurrence before it is sent to the Governor’s desk. Given the recent restrictions put in place by the legislature around the COVID-19 outbreak and the public health response, we will encourage the House to take up the matter as soon as possible so that the Governor’s office may have time to review it.