Smiddy-Sponsored Legislation Cracks Down on Methamphetamine Production Passes House Print
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Written by Rep. Mike Smiddy   
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:16
PORT BYRON, IL – Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Port Byron) increasing the ability
of law enforcement officers to examine the distribution records of a pharmacy or its employees to
prevent substances like Sudafed from being used to make illegal drugs passed out of the Illinois House
on Wednesday.

“We must give law enforcement officers the tools they need to fight the production of dangerous
drugs,” Smiddy said. “By expanding the ability to examine and distribute pharmacy records, we are
taking important steps to crack down on the production of harmful substances.”

House Bill 1311 adds the Department of Corrections, the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services System,
the U.S. Parole Commission, and any probation and court services department authorized by the
Probation and Probation Officers Act to the list of agencies that may investigate violations of the
Methamphetamine Precursor Tracking Act. This act sets out specific standards for maintaining
distribution records of methamphetamine precursors (like Sudafed).

Currently, only law enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices have the authority to investigate
these distribution records. Smiddy’s legislation would authorize a greater number of people to access
the distribution records of pharmacies and their employees for certain methamphetamine precursors to
provide greater oversight of these potentially dangerous substances.

“I believe empowering more investigators will mean less drugs on our streets,” Smiddy said. “Bringing
more people into the fight against drugs can help put criminals behind bars. I encourage the Senate to
pass this important piece of legislation quickly so it can start protecting the people of our district.”

For more information, contact Smiddy’s office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (309) 848-9098, or toll free at
(855) 243-4988.

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