Watered-down meth bill advancing in House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A watered-down version of Gov. Bill Haslam's anti-meth legislation is advancing in the House, though significant differences remain with the Senate bill.

The House Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday advanced the measure that would set an annual cap of 150 days' worth of allergy and cold medicines like Sudafed that could be bought without prescription. That's double the amount envisioned under Haslam's previous proposal.

Several members of the committee said they worry about enacting legislation that could hurt the ability of law-abiding citizens to obtain the medications they need without going through a doctor.

The Senate has advanced a bill with the tighter restrictions, which House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick said it could require a conference committee between the two chambers to reconcile their differences.

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