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April 29, 2011

NEW: Indiana lawmakers approve tracking meth ingredients

INDIANAPOLIS — A bill to require computerized tracking by Indiana retailers of cold medications used in making methamphetamine has cleared the state Legislature.

The Indiana Senate voted 41-8 today in favor of the bill, which the House approved Thursday.

It would have all stores selling ephedrine or pseudoephedrine enter the identity of customers into a multistate database and limit how much a person can buy.

Sen. Tim Skinner of Terre Haute voted against the bill, saying he agreed with police officials who don’t believe it will be effective at limiting access to the medicines by meth cookers.

But Sen. Brent Steele of Bedford said the tracking system should be tried before taking the tougher step of requiring prescriptions for those medicines.

The bill now goes to Gov. Mitch Daniels for consideration.

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