Tennessee House passes meth bill

House lawmakers approved tight new limits on some cold and allergy medications meant to combat meth production in Tennessee.

The House voted 80-17 to pass legislation that would lower the maximum amount of pseudoephedrine that can be bought without a prescription to 48 tablets a month and 240 tablets a year. The new limits would not quite be as low as those sought by Gov. Bill Haslam, but they would slash the current cap of 75 12-hour tablets a month.

Law enforcement officials said afterward that they were pleased with the result even if it was less than they had shot for.

"It's the best bill we've ever had," said Terry Ashe, executive director of the Tennessee Sheriffs' Association. "This is about trying to keep children from being burned up and blown up and being put into (state) custody."

The bill must be approved in the Senate before it can go to the governor.


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