Restrictions on cold medicines and new rules for cleaning up properties contaminated by methamphetamine labs breezed through a third House committee Monday.
All property owners would have to disclose whether meth was made on the property before a sale under an amendment adopted by the House Civil Law and Elections Committee. Meth-contaminated properties couldn't be occupied or used until cleanup was completed, and those convicted for making meth would be fined to cover cleanup costs.
Makers of meth also would foot the bill for emergency responses to meth labs, where the use of caustic, explosive chemicals mean that police and firefighters have to wear protective suits.
After passing the Civil Law Committee unanimously, the meth bill now heads to the House Commerce and Financial Institutions Committee. There, lawmakers are likely to hear from retailers who oppose measures making it harder to purchase some cold remedies and decongestants.
The legislation would restrict the sale of pseudoephedrine-containing medicines to pharmacies, move the products behind the counter and make customers show ID and sign a log. Purchases would be limited to two boxes at a time, or up to eight each month. Gel-caps, liquids and pediatric versions of the drugs wouldn't be affected.
Meth cooks extract pseudoephedrine from those over-the-counter drugs and use it to make the powerful and highly addictive stimulant.
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