Anti-meth law among those taking effect July 1 in Tennessee

Anti-meth law among those taking effect July 1 in Tennessee

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By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There are a number of new laws going into effect July 1 in Tennessee, among them a law aimed at curbing the meth problem in the state.

The new law will limit the number of cold and allergy medication purchases commonly used to make meth.

The law caps the maximum amount of pseudoephedrine purchases without a prescription at 28.8 grams a year.

Previous story: Lawmakers introduce bill to make pseudoephedrine prescription-only

Two bills named after Knoxville couple Channon Christian and Chris Newsom, who were raped and killed in 2007, will also go into effect.

The Channon Christian Act clarifies rules regarding character evidence in trials. Christian’s family felt Channon’s character was wrongfully attacked during the trials.

The Chris Newsom Act creates the presumption that a judge acts at the 13th juror following a unanimous verdict.

Previous story: State House passes Christian, Newsom bills

A law named after a Maryville teen who was killed in a car wreck by a prison parolee in 2012 will also begin.

Amelia Keown, 17, was killed when John Perkins crashed into her car. Perkins was out on parole after serving a quarter of his sentence for aggravated robbery. 

The new law calls for a transdermal monitoring device for parolees whose crimes are drug and alcohol related.

Previous story: Gov. Haslam signs law named after Blount County teen killed in crash

Also starting July 1 is a law allowing the use of the electric chair in prison executions. The measure would allow electrocutions if a lethal injection is found unconstitutional or if the drugs are not available.

Previous story: Tennessee 'ready' to use electric chair if need be

Finally, a law criminalizing mothers who use drugs while pregnant will take effect. The law said that mothers can be charged if the infant is addicted or harmed because of the mother’s addiction.

Tennessee is the first state to enact this kind of law.

Previous story: Gov. Haslam signs bill to prosecute mothers who use illicit drugs while pregnant

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