Panel sends Haslam's meth bill to Senate floor

The Senate Health Committee voted 9-0 Wednesday to send legislation limiting purchases of pseudoephedrine to the full Senate.

Members of the panel made no changes to Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to cap sales at 4.8 grams a month, enough for a 20-day supply of the cold and allergy medicine, and 14.4 grams a year. Many House lawmakers favor higher limits, but Majority Leader Mark Norris, Senate Bill 1751's sponsor, said he hopes to stick with Haslam's plan.

Pseudoephedrine is the key ingredient in making methamphetamine.


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