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HB 238/LM (BR 1154) - J. Jenkins, R. Meeks, J. Wayne

     AN ACT relating to the safe disposal of prescription medications and making an appropriation therefor.
     Create new sections of KRS 224.50 to define "cabinet," "department," "permanent drop off box," "prescription drugs and medicines," "prescription drug recycling," "safe drop off drugs program," and "secure collection site"; require the Energy and Environment Cabinet to work with waste coordinators and city, county, and sheriffs offices to establish a prescription drugs drop off program; make the contents of the box that receives the prescription drugs and medicines the property of the cabinet; require the cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations for the collection of the prescription drugs and medicines, the method for haulers to pick up and dispose of the wastes, and the method of disposal for prescription drugs and medicines to ensure they do not leach into the waters of the Commonwealth; require the cabinet to work with pharmaceutical companies to develop a prescription drug and medicine recycling program; require police officers of the city, county, or sheriff's office participating in the program to determine the secure collection site within the police station, post signage for the public, monitor the prescription drugs and medicines deposited into the permanent box, and inform the cabinet of pick up needs; amend KRS 224.43-310 to require the cabinet to include a description of cities and counties participating in the safe drop off drugs program in the solid waste management report to the Legislative Research Commission and the Governor; amend KRS 224.43-315 to require counties to report to the cabinet on participation in the safe drop off drugs program; amend KRS 224.43-505 to allow a portion of the remediation fee to go for grants for the safe drop off drugs program; include the safe drop off drug program grants under the general solid waste grant requirements; amend KRS 224.43-710 to include a safe drop off drugs program under the list of eligible types of technical assistance from the cabinet.


     HCS/LM - Retain original provisions; clarify that prescription drugs and medicines only come from a household or individual and not from commercial or industrial sources; delete reference to prescription drugs and medicines becoming property of the cabinet; delete requirements for the cabinet to approve a safe drop off box, to promulgate administrative regulations for collection procedures, or to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies; allow counties to decide where the box will reside; delete requirement on local government authorities to inform the county and cabinet of changes in scheduled pickups; allow local governments to develop alternative drop off programs for prescription drugs and medicines; delete requirement to include in the solid waste plan efforts to develop prescription drug recycling opportunities and clarify that there is no requirement for private entities to develop prescription drug and medicine recycling programs; delete Sections 5 and 6 in their entirety.
     HFA (1/Title, J. Jenkins) - Make title amendment.
     SCS/LM - Retain original provisions, except include that private entities are not required to develop drug collection programs.

     Jan 11-introduced in House
     Jan 12-to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Safety (H)
     Feb 8-posted in committee
     Mar 8-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 9-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 12-recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (H); floor amendment (1-title) filed
     Mar 13-taken from Committee, placed in the Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 14, 2012
     Mar 15-3rd reading, passed 88-4 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1-title)
     Mar 16-received in Senate
     Mar 20-to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S)
     Mar 22-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 23-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 30-recommitted to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S)

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