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Nurse practitioners ease doctor shortage, but won’t get more authority to prescribe narcotics

They’re not doctors, but they do a lot of the same things, probably most things most patients need. They’re nurse practitioners, officially known as advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs. Kentucky has 5,400 of them, and they are helping ease the state’s shortage of doctors, reports Darla Carter of The Courier-Journal. “Since the expansion of the Affordable Care Act, there’s...

Bevin announces newest members for restructured Kentucky State Fair Board

Gov. Matt Bevin announced new members to the Kentucky State Fair Board Tuesday. The Fair Board oversees operations for the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, located at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds, and the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC), located in downtown Louisville. Total economic impact from these venues is more than $482.3 million annually. In August KICC will undergo a 2-year,...

Senate panel answers call for telecom reform, sends ‘AT&T bill’ to full Senate for review

A bill to reform telecommunication regulations to reflect the declining use of landlines in favor of new technologies has passed the Senate Committee on State and Local Government.   Known as Senate Bill 3, the legislation would remove requirements that telephone companies offer basic landline service to everyone so the money used to maintain that old technology can be used to increase Internet...

Capitol Notes: Informed consent, APRN prescriptive authority bills pass Senate panels

Senate panel approves informed consent bill: A bill that would change the informed consent process before abortion procedures passed the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee today.   Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. Sara Beth Gregory, R-Monticello, would require a woman seeking an abortion to receive information from a medical professional during an in-person, face-to-face...

Hemp commission taps Harrison County farmer Brian Furnish to serve as chairman

The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission unanimously elected Harrison County farmer Brian Furnish as its new chairman after Agriculture Commissioner James Comer stepped aside in compliance with Senate Bill 50, industrial hemp legislation that is set to take effect at the end of the month.   Comer agreed to step aside as chairman as a concession to House Democrats to pass SB 50 in the waning hours...