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Rep. Thomas co-author of anti-meth lab bill

Thursday, February 13, 2003

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ind. 44th District State Rep. Andy Thomas, of Brazil, hopes a bill passed by the House will lessen the number of meth labs.

House Bill 1154 will employ "every means possible to halt the production of this dangerous narcotic," a news release said.

The House bill was authored by Brian Hasler (D-Evansville). Thomas, John Ulmer (R-Goshen) and Ryan Dvorak (D-South Bend) were co-authors.

The bill creates an education program for retailers to assist in the identification of methamphetamine precursors. It also allows retailers to report suspicious sales of recognized ingredients and provides civil immunity for any good faith testimony.

The bill passed out of the House unanimously on Tuesday and was sent to the Senate for approval.

"Methamphetamine presents a substantial threat to the well-being of Hoosiers," Thomas said. "This bill empowers police officers with another way to immobilize its fabrication."

The number of meth labs seized in Indiana increased from 128 in 1999 to 427 in 2000, said Ulmer.

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