FRANKFORT — People convicted of drunken driving would have to pay for their blood tests under a bill approved Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee.
The panel changed the bill to cap the cost of the blood tests at $50.
The sponsor of House Bill 343, Rep. Steve Rudy, R-Paducah, said many sheriffs across the state have complained that the cost of blood tests was hurting their office budgets.
But Damon Preston with the state Department of Public Advocacy said the bill could be viewed as an additional tax on poor people. He suggested that it exempt indigent clients.
Rudy said he would be willing to work with Preston on his concerns. The bill now goes to the House for its consideration.
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