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Governor Fletcher’s Methamphetamine Bill Clears House Judiciary Committee
Press Release Date:  February 23, 2005

Ryan Watts
(502) 564-2611 Ext. 387

Chris Gilligan
Office: 502-564-7554
Cell: 502-330-4967


Internet Pharmacy Restrictions Added to Bill

Frankfort, KY - Governor Ernie Fletcher's plan to crack down on the manufacturing and use of methamphetamine moved one-step closer to becoming law today. The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Representative Gross Lindsay (D-Henderson), approved Senate Bill 63, which restricts the sale of pseudoephedrine in tablet form. That committee also added separate language, which requires Internet pharmacies to register with the state pharmacy board and be monitored by the KASPER system that tracks prescription drug purchases in Kentucky.
"I applaud the House Judiciary Committee for unanimously passing Senate Bill 63 this afternoon," said Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence.  "It is encouraging that our lawmakers are working in a bipartisan manner to effectively address this growing problem.  We are also happy to lend assistance to the Attorney General’s Office by attaching their Internet pharmacy monitoring legislation to this bill. I encourage all members of the House to support Senate Bill 63."
Police officers responded to nearly 580 meth labs last year in Kentucky. That number is up 3000% in the last seven years. A similar anti-meth bill in Oklahoma has seen meth lab responses drop by nearly 50% since the law took effect.
The Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) helped draft and coordinate input on Governor Fletcher's meth bill. ODCP was created after a 20-week-long drug summit and 16 regional public hearings attended by thousands of Kentuckians.
“The ODCP worked extremely hard to reach out and include everyone in this process,” ODCP Executive Director Teresa Barton said. “That outreach and cooperation continued today, as we added the Attorney General Greg Stumbo’s Internet pharmacy bill to the Administration’s anti-methamphetamine initiative. The drug problem in Kentucky affects all, regardless of race, socio-economics or politics. We would like to thank the Attorney General for joining forces with us. We want to thank Representative Mike Weaver (D-Elizabethtown) and Senator Dick Roeding (R-Lakeside Park) for sponsoring the Internet bill. We could not have made it this far without the hard work of all those involved including Representative Hoover and Senator Stivers.”

Senate Bill 63, sponsored by Sen. Robert Stivers (R-Manchester), now goes to the full House of Representatives for approval.

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Last updated: Thursday, February 24, 2005