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Senate Bill 0444


Senate Bill 0444

ARCHIVE (2005)

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DIGEST OF SB 444 (Updated April 29, 2005 11:11 pm - DI 106)


Methamphetamine. Requires the criminal justice institute to operate a meth watch program. Requires a law enforcement agency that terminates the operation of a methamphetamine laboratory to report the existence and location of the laboratory to the state police, fire department, and county health department. Specifies that a law enforcement agency that discovers a child less than 14 years of age at a methamphetamine laboratory must notify the division of family and children. Requires the state police to adopt guidelines and a form for the use of a retailer in recording a transaction involving ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. Requires the department of environmental management to maintain a list of persons certified to inspect or clean up property polluted by chemicals used to manufacture a controlled substance. Adds certain chemical reagents to the list of chemical reagents and precursors used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Prohibits a retailer from selling a drug containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine: (1) to a person less than 18 years of age; and (2) in a quantity greater than three grams in one transaction. Requires a retailer to store drugs containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine: (1) behind a counter or in a locked case that makes the drugs unavailable to customers without the assistance of a store employee; or (2) directly in front of the pharmacy counter, in the line of sight of an employee behind the pharmacy counter, and in an area under constant video monitoring, if the retail establishment in which the drugs are sold is a pharmacy or contains a pharmacy that is open for business. Requires a retailer to record certain information concerning a person who purchases a drug containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine by requiring the purchaser to present identification and record certain information in a log that may be made available to law enforcement officers in accordance with state or federal law. Grants a retailer immunity from civil liability for the good faith disclosure of this information. Prohibits a person from purchasing more than three grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine in one week. Requires a retail distributer, wholesaler, or manufacturer to report suspicious orders to the state police, and requires a retailer to report unusual thefts to the state police. Provides that a retailer who has suffered three unusual thefts in a 30 day period must store all drugs containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine behind the counter or in a locked case for 180 days. Makes knowing or intentional violation of the ephedrine or pseudoephedrine sale or purchase restrictions a Class C misdemeanor, and enhances the penalty to a Class A misdemeanor for second or subsequent violation.
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