FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) – People packed the first floor of the State Capitol Friday morning to hear Gov. Matt Bevin's Year In Review. Bevin started by praising the House and Senate for passing unique and impactful legislation.
"And this idea that somehow this comes at the expense of people and their ability to make living, not true," Bevin said. "No reflection, none what so ever."
Bevin spoke on his attempt to create a healthier Kentucky, something he said the administration has already started to tackle by taking a closer look and review of Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting, or KASPER. This is a database that all health care providers are required to use when prescribing a controlled substance. The system tracks the dispense of the controlled substance.
"I can say right now that doctors that are not applying this properly, ones that are over prescribing these pills, will find it very uncomfortable in this state," Bevin assured. "That is a fact."
He also mentioned Dual Credit Scholarship Program, aimed to benefit Kentucky seniors in public high schools.
Bevin was proud to speak about the passage of Pro-life legislation, removing public funding for Planned Parenthood.
Criminal Justice Reform, including Expungement Legislation and Fair Chance Employment were among other accomplishments mentioned.
In the year to come, the most difficult task Bevin foresees is the budget reduction. He slammed the previous administration for what he is now having to fix, a short fall at nearly $155 million.