Final Bills in Anti-Methamphetamine Package Headed to Governor

(HARRISBURG) – The Senate of Pennsylvania today approved two bills that complete the package of bills to combat methamphetamine in the Commonwealth.  The Senate today unanimously approved House Bill 485, sponsored by Rep. Joseph A. Petrarca (D-Westmoreland) and Senate Bill 126, sponsored by Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27).

“The House Bill amends the Crimes Code to provide penalties for operating a methamphetamine lab and the illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste and is a companion bill to my legislation previously signed by Governor Ed Rendell, which amended the Controlled Substances Act,” said Senator Gordner.  “Senate Bill 126 amends the Controlled Substances Act to require defendants convicted of operating illegal labs to pay for the environmental clean-up costs associated with the lab.”

Both House Bill 485 and Senate Bill 126 also add additional precursor substances to the list of those already used to manufacture methamphetamine.

“The Attorney General, district attorneys and law enforcement requested the additional precursor substances, because since enactment of my original legislation to combat methamphetamine production, meth lab operators have been creative in applying new chemicals in the manufacturing process,” Senator Gordner said.

House Bill 485 and Senate Bill 126 now move to Governor Ed Rendell for his signature to become law.