From Missouri Digital News: https://mdn.org
MDN Menu

MDN Home

Journalist's Creed

Print

MDN Help

MDN.ORG: Missouri Digital News
MDN Menu

MDN Home

Journalist's Creed

Print

MDN Help

MDN.ORG Mo. Digital News Missouri Digital News MDN.ORG: Mo. Digital News MDN.ORG: Missouri Digital News
Help  


The Missouri Senate gives first round approval on a bill to crack down on meth producers

April 10, 2001
By: Renny MacKay
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Senate gave first round approval to a bill to fight meth production in the state, but the bill will also limit Missourians ability to fight colds.

Renny MacKay has the story from Jefferson City.

Story:
RunTime:
OutCue: SOC

To make methamphetamines you need anhydrous ammonia, an ingredient in fertilizer and you need chemicals used in most cold medicines.

The bill the Senate gave first round approval to would toughen up Missouri's laws dealing with anyone trying to use these products to make meth.

Senator Anita Yeckel, sponsored an amendment to make it illegal to buy more than three packages of cold medicines containing (sudo-uh-fedrine).

Actuality:yeck1
RunTime:
OutCue:
Contents: She says unfortunately this medicine is one of the most effective products in fighting colds, but it's also needed to make meth.

Yeckel's amendment was added to the bill, which mostly deals with possession of the fertilizer product, and increasing penalties for those who possess it illegally or try and steal it.

In Jefferson City, Renny MacKay.


The Missouri Senate got tough with meth producers; giving first round approval to a bill increasing penalties for those caught illegally posessing ingedients necessary to produce the drug.

Renny MacKay has more from Jefferson City.

Story:
RunTime:
OutCue: SOC

Senator Morris Westfall handled the Senate bill tightening up Missouri's laws regarding methamphetamines.

Actuality:mow1
RunTime:
OutCue:
Contents: Westphal says this bill deals with meth producers, drug dealers and drugies.

The bill does this by stiffening the penalties for those who try and steal anhydrous ammonia, an ingredient of fertilizer and meth. It would also prevent people who try and steal the ammonia from suing the owner if they are hurt during the robbery.

Such a case has gone to court before in the United States.

From the state capitol, I'm Renny MacKay.


Meth dealers beware, the Missouri Senate gave first round approval to a bill to increase penalties for those involved in meth production.

Renny MacKay has more about the bill from Jefferson City.

Story:
RunTime:
OutCue: SOC

The bill focuses on a product used in the production of methamphetamines: anhydrous ammonia. Farmers know the product too because it is used in fertilizer, but because of its other use farmers have had to fend off people trying to steal it. One Missouri farmer says people have tried to steal the ammonia from him four times this year.

Senator Morris Westfall is the sponsor of the bill.

Actuality: mow3
RunTime:
OutCue:
Contents: He says the punishment for possessing the chemical would increase to a felony from a misdemeanor.

The bill also makes it illegal to keep the chemical in a container that hasn't been approved by the Department of Agriculture or Department of Transportation.

In Jefferson City, Renny MacKay.