Haslam's anti-meth bill advancing in Senate

Haslam's anti-meth bill advancing in Senate

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's anti-meth proposal is advancing in the Senate, but it's unclear whether his administration will be able to muster the votes to have it clear a House subcommittee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday evening voted 7-1 in favor of the measure to place greater restrictions on how many cold and allergy medicines containing meth precursors can be purchased without a prescription.

That vote came after the panel killed the companion to a rival measure with lesser restrictions on a 5-3 vote. That measure was the companion to the one advancing in the House, while the governor's bill has languished in the Civil Justice Subcommittee.

Haslam's measure would cap the annual amount of products containing pseudoephedrine that can be purchased at a 2 ½ month supply, while the House bill would set that limit at an eight-month supply.

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