For Immediate Release: May 3, 2012
Sen. Rick Brinkley
Statement from Sen. Brinkley on House passage of HB 2941
Legislation Enhances Oklahoma’s Electronic
Meth Offender Registry
Brinkley, R-Owasso, co-author of House Bill 2941, released
the following statement after Wednesday’s House passage
of the anti-meth legislation. Principally authored by Rep. David
Derby, R-Owasso, HB 2941 implements significant improvements to
Oklahoma’s electronic pseudoephedrine (PSE) blocking system
and calls for reasonable reductions to the amount of PSE an individual
“It is an exciting day for those of us who
have been working on this bill since last summer. We have worked
hard to reduce the availability of PSE to those who manufacture
meth, while protecting the ability of law abiding citizens to
access the medications they need without a prescription.
“It is a victory for personal rights and for
keeping the government out of our medicine cabinets. At the same
time, we are passing the toughest anti-meth bill in the nation.
“We have to be honest. Consumers will have
to remember to only buy allergy medicines with pseudoephedrine
in the amounts now allowed by law. That is a small price to pay
to prevent the nearly $59 million financial impact on law abiding
citizens if the meds were to become available by prescription
only. Additionally, we are providing law enforcement officers
with more tools to fight the war on meth as we allow our tracking
system to cross state lines.
“My hope is that these new law enforcement
tools will result in an increase in the number of meth lab busts
and the shutting down of this scourge on our society.
“We must remember that at the end of the day,
meth is an addiction problem, not an availability problem. Until
we adequately fight addiction in this state, meth usage will continue.
In the meantime, law abiding citizens should not be the ones to
pay the price. It didn't work with prohibition and it won't worth
HB 2941 will enable Oklahoma’s blocking system
to work across state lines, in real time. Meth offenders who attempt
to purchase unlawful quantities of PSE will be blocked right at
the point of sale and that sale block will follow them across
state lines. HB 2941 also ensures that the block system is fully
in sync with the state’s meth offender registry, which prevents
individuals with meth offenses on their criminal records from
being able to purchase pseudoephedrine.