published Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Gov. Bill Haslam defends his anti-meth proposal in Tennessee House

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam says the long-term prospects for his anti-meth proposal remain strong despite the bill being sidetracked in a House subcommittee this week.

The Republican governor told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he still believes in his administration's proposal to cap the amount of cold and allergy medicines used to make the illegal drug.

The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee a day earlier parked Haslam's proposal until its last meeting, while advancing Chairman Tony Shipley's bill that carries lesser restrictions on the amount of medicines that could be bought without a prescription.

The Kingsport Republican said his bill would set that annual limit at an eight-month supply, while the governor's proposal would restrict people with chronic allergies to less than a three-month supply before requiring a prescription.

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