By RONNIE ELLIS
It didn’t surprise anyone who was around the 2012 session of the Kentucky General Assembly that Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) set a record amount for a single employer trying to influence legislation, according to the Legislative Ethics Commission.
It sure didn’t surprise Sen. Tom Jensen, R-London, who for the past two sessions has championed legislation opposed by CHPA.
CHPA spent $486,053 trying to persuade Kentucky lawmakers not to pass legislation which would have required a prescription for over-the-counter cold and allergy remedies that contain pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The legislation was originally sponsored by Jensen, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and later by Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers, R-Manchester.
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