2008 Legislative Accomplishments

by Rep. Susan Westrom

Westrom, Susan
HB 384: HCA(1);
HB 433: HFA(1), 4, 10, 27, 31, 34, 51, 68, 70, 77, 108, 109, 111, 122*, 123*, 124*, 137, 145, 151, 153, 189*, 202*, 203*, 204*, 211, 222, 249*, 259, 274, 277, 297, 328*, 348, 371, 375, 384*, 415, 421*, 433*, 434, 440, 443, 447*, 454*, 527, 533, 589, 592, 627*, 756
HCR 97*
HJR 17*, 68

HR 9, 14, 35, 42, 46, 73, 76, 80, 85, 92*, 100, 104, 120, 126, 143, 148, 151, 174*, 188, 211*, 216*, 219*, 230, 235*, 236*, 239, 242, 252, 254, 256, 277, 280, 295

It seems that each session becomes more contentious than the year before, which makes passage of legislation much more challenging.  During this session more than 1,000 bills were filed, around 120 passed, five of which were those I was the primary sponsor.

HB202  Finally!   We passed the ban on Alcohol Without Liquids (AWOL) device (for more information go to the Archived news articles).  After three attempts to remove this dangerous device that was rabidly marketed to college age students across the United States, success was celebrated by the many advocates along with First Lady Jane Beshear.  The possession of such a device which is much like a nebulizer filled with hard liquor is now illegal to purchase, own or sell in Kentucky.  The passage of this bill received national press as Kentucky prioritized the brain cells of our children. The governor signed this legislation on April 9, 2008.

HB204  This transportation bill allows volunteers for the Lexington ITN Network to transport senior citizens in their personal vehicle.   I am hopeful that additional programs will sprout in other communities outside of the Bluegrass Region since it is a lifeline for our growing senior population and no tax dollars are tapped.  Signed by the Governor.

HB328  Pubic Safety legislation; Registration of Pharmacy Technicians.  One of the challenges pharmacies face when hiring a pharmacy technician is the ability to find out if that individual has been fired as a result of drug theft a prior workplace.  This bill will establish qualifications for Pharmacy Technicians and requires annual registration with the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy.  Signed by the Governor.

HB384  You may recall that in 2000, I passed HB296 which got Kentucky in compliance with the Federal Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act, which removed Kentucky status offenders from adult jails.  Since 2004, Kentucky fell out of compliance with the federal standards, which jeopardized $750,000 in federal funding used for alternative placements.  Fortunately, several cabinets came together to assist in drafting this legislation to clearly reflect the federal regulations.  Passage assured the funding stream that was no longer in jeopardy.  The Governor signed this bill on April 11, 2008.

HJR17 Protection for families from the Cabinet for Families and Children.  As a result of the 2007 Office of Inspector Generals’ Report on Hardin County Child Protective cases, I wanted to assure there were additional safety nets in place to trigger an investigation in regions red flagged by an inordinate number of complaints.  This bill passed both chambers however, the Senate did not send it to the House to be enrolled by midnight on April 15, 2008, this it was not sent for the Governors official signature.  It was disappointing to get this bill so far, and still not be able to protect families from child theft by our state.  Let this be a warning, if you are ever involved in a child protective case, document, document, document if your children are an adoptable age.

SB90  Senator Gary Tapp and I drafted companion legislation which would permit the establishment of an interpreter training for the deaf and hard of hearing at more than one public institution to alleviate the projected shortage. I dropped my bill and carried the SB companion for Senator Gary Tapp on the House side.  It passed and was signed by the Governor on April 10, 2008.