Senator lashes out at colleagues over meth bill

A call for action….because of inaction.

“You figure out a way to stop the labs!” Sen. Tom Jensen, R-London, said when speaking out in the full Senate chambers Monday afternoon.

Jensen claims if made law, seeing a doctor before anyone could buy products such as Sudafed or Claritin D, would drastically cut down on the number of meth labs in Kentucky. He cited similar laws in Oregon and just recently in Mississippi that were successful in reducing labs.

“Somebody is going to be shaking and baking this stuff. They are going to drive into a school bus or another house is going to burn,” said Jensen.

Jensen points to a tragedy in Georgia that he says is reason enough to require a prescription to buy psuedoephredrine products, the key ingredient in making the illegal drug.

“What happened in Georgia with three kids perishing in a fire is going to happen here,” he said.

The pharmaceutical industry did launch a campaign against the bill with the argument that it would make it too hard for a law abiding citizens to get products they need.

But Jensen and others pointed to dozens of other products that would stay on the shelf. And other lawmakers, from both political parties, voiced support for Jensen’s efforts.

“I want to reach out to every one of us here… don’t criticize Senate Bill 45, but find a solution. What can you do?” Sen. Joey Pendleton, D-Hopkinsville said after Jensen’s speech.

The bill passed in committee all the way back on February 3rd, but each day since then, the bill was passed over receiving a vote in the full Senate. A similar bill was also never voted on in the House.


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