STATEHOUSE - State Representative Rebecca Kubacki spoke at the Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) Legislative Day at the Indiana Statehouse in support of continuing the fight against meth. Rep. Kubacki joined Governor Mike Pence, Mayor Joe Thallmer of Warsaw and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke of Evansville in a presentation outlining the legislative body’s agenda for IACT members.
The Indiana House of Representatives has already passed legislation to curtail issues relating to meth. During the 2013 session so far, Rep. Kubacki has co-authored House Bill 1064 that adds ammonium chloride, potassium iodide, and calcium chloride to the list of chemical reagents and precursors for creating meth. The legislation would make possessing these chemicals in combination a Class D felony. The bill would aid cities and towns in prosecuting those who create meth based on the chemicals they possess.
“We have been making progress, but we are not where we need to be in this fight. By limiting the local government’s control over the fight against meth, we are tying their hands,” said Rep. Kubacki. “It’s not enough. We need to do more.”
The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns offers Indiana’s municipal officials a means to come together, educate and sponsor their interests in front of state and federal governments. Members of the IACT came together at the Statehouse today to support initiatives in making pseudoephedrine a controlled substance in order to control the current meth problem in Indiana. They advocate for more local control to allow cities and towns to deal with their individualized meth problems.
“Gov. Daniels started the Meth Free Indiana Coalition in 2005, and we are still fighting this issue even after he has left office. This issue is not going away, and we need to tackle this issue head on. I will continue to support measures that fight this epidemic,” said Rep. Kubacki.