published Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Anti-meth bill on its way to Governor Bill Haslam

NASHVILLE -- After months of wrangling, a bill limiting the amounts of pseudoephedrine-based cold medicines Tennesseans can buy without a prescription is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam.

Senators voted to adopt a conference committee's recommendations on a 26-5 vote. House members approved it earlier approved it on a 80-16 vote.

The aim is to limit the amounts of pseudoephedrine, which drug dealers use to manufacture illegal methamphetamine.

The conference committee largely went along with provisions in the House-backed version. That restricts the amount of psuedoephedrine a consumer can purchase monthly without a prescription is about 5.76 a month and no more than 28.8 grams per year.

The bill's limits are about half of what Haslam originally proposed.

about Andy Sher...

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, ...

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