Kentucky Governor: Funding to Reopen Medical Examiner’s Office

Kentucky Governor: Funding to Reopen Medical Examiner’s Office

Gov. Beshear Announces Successful Bipartisan Effort to Reopen Northern Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office
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FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) Gov. Andy Beshear  announced that, through a bipartisan effort, funding has been appropriated for the Office of the State Medical Examiner (OSME) to reopen its Northern Kentucky office.

“This was truly a bipartisan effort, led by Sen. McDaniel, and demonstrates the imperative need for such essential services in this region,” said Gov. Beshear.  “As your Governor, I recognize that staffing and funding are ongoing issues for this office, and the bipartisan collaborative success of HB 382 shows that both the Legislature and the Executive Branch are on the same page about tackling such issues.”

The Northern Kentucky medical examiner’s office has been closed since March 2018.

The General Assembly passed House Bill 382 on Tuesday, March 30. Last week, the Governor signed the bill, which dedicates $1.8 million in one-time funds for fiscal year 2022 and more than $1.5 million in continuation funds.

“So many of our vital services are many times unnoticed, but the loss of the medical examiner’s office in Northern Kentucky was becoming a large problem,” said Sen.

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