NASHVILLE — Senate disagreement today over how best to combat illegal production of methamphetamine in Tennessee resulted in the forced delay of a proposed electronic tracking system.
Senators voted 18-12 to delay the measure, sponsored by Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, for a week.
The system is being promoted by pharmaceutical manufacturers and the Tennessee Pharmacists Association, who don’t want to see cold medicine made with pseudoephedrine — one of the key ingredients in meth — turned into prescription-only drugs.
Some lawmakers, however, supported that plan.
During debate, Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, a pharmacist, said the industry-backed tracking bill doesn’t appear to solve Tennessee’s meth problems.
“I feel at least in my area, law enforcement would like to see pseudoephedrine made a controlled substance. I would favor the approach that they take,” McNally said.
As the debate continued, Beavers told colleagues “this is a serious bill. I don’t think you need to question it.”
She rejected requests to delay the measure, resulting in the vote forcing the delay.
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Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...