Haslam's Meth Bill Advancing In Tennessee House

Haslam's Meth Bill Advancing In Tennessee House

CREATED Mar 18, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Bill Haslam's bill designed to combat the growing meth problem is advancing in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Haslam's proposal would limit how much pseudoephedrine could be purchased per year and per month. The bill has been changed to let consumers buy two boxes of 24 tablets, containing pseudoephedrine or ephedrine per month.

"I do feel like that's something my constituents can support and I can, but just so you know there has been a flood of phone calls and e-mails coming into my office from folks who want me to vote against your bill," said Rep. William Lamberth.

Many consumers and the pharmaceutical industry have come out against the bill, calling it too restrictive for law abiding citizens. If passed, the legislation would be a compromise, to also satisfy the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Sheriff's Association, who want to make pseudoephedrine and ephedrine prescription only.

Tennessee is currently number two in the country for meth lab seizures.

The sheriff's association brought burn victims of meth lab explosions to the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee Tuesday to emphasize their point.

"Two years ago I was blown 60 feet out of my apartment. The father of my kids passed away from it. I was 65 percent burnt," said victim Jessica Biggs.

The bill moved out of the subcommittee and now heads to the full House Criminal Justice committee.

The same bill will be heard in a Senate committee on Wednesday.