The Rockland County Legislature passed a bill tonight, 14 to 3, that requires businesses to keep standardized purchase logs of methamphetamine ingredients, including pseudoephedrine, and make those logs available for review by the Sheriff’s Department.
Federal law already requires retailers to maintain logs for two years with information such as the buyer’s name and address.
Legislators Patrick Moroney, R-Pearl River, Douglas Jobson, R-Stony Point and Minority Leader Gerold Bierker, C-Bardonia, voted against the bill.
It now goes to County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef who has 30 days to sign it.
The legislature did not vote to override Vanderhoef’s vetoes on two other meth-related items.
Absolutely, according to one legislator who is pushing the Meth Shield Act that will go to public hearing at tonight’s County Legislature meeting.
The bill, sponsored by Legislator David Fried, D-Spring Valley, would require businesses to keep purchase logs of methamphetamine ingredients pseudoephedrine and ephedrine and make those logs available for review by the Sheriff’s Department.
The public hearing will be held at 8 p.m. tonight in the Legislature chambers at 11 New Hempstead Road in New City.
Rockland County does not have a meth problem, but Fried has said that it would be ignorant to believe the county is immune. The county has just one person certified by federal Drug Enforcement Administration to enter and seize clandestine meth labs.
Meth ingredients and laboratory necessities can be legally purchased, which is what makes this drug so dangerous and easy to get a hold of.
The Legislature approved two other resolutions involving education on meth ingredients and manufacturing, but those measures have been vetoed by County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef, who has said there’s no money in this year’s budget for the distribution program.
The Legislature voted, but failed, to override one of those resolutions last month. The override vote for the other two are scheduled for tonight.