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Governor Ernie Fletcher Applauds Kentucky Senate For Passing Legislation to Combat Methamphetamine Abuse
Press Release Date:  February 11, 2005
Contact:  Doug Hogan
Jeannie Lausche
502-564-2611
 

Senate Bill 63 Addresses Growing Crisis of Methamphetamine Production and Use

Frankfort, KY:   Governor Ernie Fletcher commended the Kentucky Senate for passing Senate Bill 63 today.  The legislation would restrict the sale of the key ingredient in methamphetamine production, which is pseudoephedrine in tablet form, to pharmacies.  The bill would also limit the amount allowed to be purchased and require customers to present identification and sign for the medication.

“We must take swift action to stop the devastating results that derive from producing and using methamphetamine in the Commonwealth.  We also must work to protect innocent children who are often victims of explosive meth labs.” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “I applaud the Senate for swift passage of this legislation, which will save lives.”

Senator Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, is one of the sponsors of Senate Bill 63.  Sen. Stivers said, “I appreciate working with the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor for the past year on the meth issue.  I believe Senate Bill 63 is a substantial step in curbing a problem that is becoming more pervasive with devastating consequences.

Co-sponsor of the bill, Senator Tom Jenson, R-London, added, “This legislation will hamper the production of meth, but it will not completely stop it.  I hope the officials from other states and the federal government will soon join our effort to help curtail meth production and use.”

Governor Ernie Fletcher is calling on the Kentucky House of Representatives to pass this bill quickly as well.  “We have reached out to many people and groups on this issue, and the consensus is this legislation is right for Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher.

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Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005