Gordner Bill To Combat Methamphetamine Headed to Governor’s Desk

(HARRISBURG) – – The Senate today gave final approval to legislation sponsored by Senator John R. Gordner(R-27) to toughen penalties for those possessing ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine and operating a methamphetamine laboratory.  Senate Bill 125 also provides that those convicted of operating meth labs are also responsible for environmental clean-up costs associated with the labs.

Senator Gordner introduced the legislation with the support of Pennsylvania Attorney General Thomas Corbett and local law enforcement.  The Senate today concurred in amendments to the bill that were approved by the House of Representatives.

“Just three weeks ago in nearby Schuylkill County, an illegal meth lab caused an explosion and fire that gutted a series of row homes and left ten people homeless,” said Senator Gordner.  “These labs are a continuing problem that must be addressed.”

The legislation amends the Controlled Substances Act to provide for the specific offenses of possessing ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine and operating a methamphetamine laboratory. It also increases penalties if the lab is operated near a school, day care center or playground.  The bill further provides for defendants to be assessed the environmental clean-up costs associated with methamphetamine laboratories.

“Meth labs are environmental disasters just waiting to happen because ingredients in meth production can cause explosions, chemical fires and toxic releases,” said Sen. Gordner.  “It also makes good sense to increase penalties for the operation of labs and to provide for additional penalties if these labs are operated near where children may be learning and playing.”

Senate Bill 125 now moves to Governor Ed Rendell for his signature for the bill to be signed into law.