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Jensen agrees that KASPER should be in attorney general’s office

March 22, 2012 | | Comments 0

State Sen. Tom Jensen, R-London

By Jack Brammer
jbrammer@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT – Senate Judiciary Chairman Tom Jensen said Thursday he agrees with House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s call to put the attorney general’s office in control of the statewide electronic prescription monitoring system.

Jensen and Stumbo are trying to reach a compromise on differing proposals in the legislature to regulate pain clinics.

The handling of the monitoring system – known as the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting, or KASPER – has been a sticking point in legislative negotiations.

Stumbo is pushing a bill that would move the system from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to the attorney general’s office. A Senate bill keeps it in the state cabinet.

Jensen said he could not speak for the Senate Republican caucus, but he agrees with Stumbo.

Jensen also said Stumbo and he are trying to put “safeguards” in the bill to help physicians.

“I am optimistic that we can work this out,” he said.

Jensen’s committee was scheduled to consider the legislation Thursday but he said it now probably will not hear it until Monday.

The aim of the legislation is to tackle prescription drug abuse, which kills about 82 Kentuckians each month.

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