SENATE DEMOCRATS COMMEND PASSAGE OF METHAMPHETAMINE LEGISLATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Senator Joseph Foster

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Contact: Senator David Gottesman

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April 20, 2006

CONCORD , NH – New Hampshire Senate Democrats today applaud the passage of House Bills1667 and 1745, legislation aimed at strengthening penalties for crimes involving methamphetamine.

HB 1667 increases the penalties for making or possessing methamphetamine. The legislation changes the penalty to a felony to possess the essential ingredients with the intent to cook the drug. A first offense can result in jail time of up to 30 years and a fine of up to $500,000.

“Methamphetamine has become an increasing problem in New Hampshire,”stated Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph Foster (D- Nashua). “Our committee heard testimony explaining the devastating effect that methamphetamine has on users and their families. I applaud the Senate for upholding tough laws to get ahead of this destructive problem.”

The Senate also passed HB 1745, a measure that would punish methamphetamine manufacturers for the undo harm they cause to children.

“This legislation is meant to protect children by making it a felony to knowingly manufacture or attempt to manufacture methamphetamine inthe presence of young people,” concluded Senator Joseph Foster.

“Discouraging the manufacture of methamphetamine is our paramount goal,” stated Senator David Gottesman (D- Nashua). “If meth labs are found by law enforcement, then those involved in the possession of the elements of manufacture shall be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and receive severe penalties,” concluded Senator Gottesman.