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Welch withdraws resolution asking state lawmakers for a law dealing with Pseudoephedrine

Thursday March 11, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622

While she still believes it is an important way to fight the rise of Meth labs in Louisville Metro Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) has withdrawn her sponsorship of a resolution that would ask lawmakers in Frankfort to make pseudoephedrine a prescription drug.

Her reason; action by lawmakers in Frankfort is not moving forward.

“After learning HB497, the bill to move Pseudoephedrine to a Schedule III drug, has reached a dead end lacking the support to move it any further during this session, I regret to inform you I decided to withdraw the sponsorship of my Resolution,” Welch told the Metro Council on Thursday.

Welch first filed the resolution after a second Meth lab explosion in January in her district which took the life of a young woman and left two children motherless. From then on, she has worked with Louisville Metro Police and additional Public Safety officials and neighborhood groups to move the resolution forward.

“Now let me be clear, I have not nor will I stand idly by and watch this happen to my community I am going to continue to fight the good fight and encourage all of you to join me. However, part of being a effective leader is knowing when to stop and re-evaluate,” said Welch.

The Councilwoman Cited the dramatic increase in Meth labs in Kentucky, a 63% increase in 2009, as one of many reasons why she will keep fighting for the law. She also cited the need for better public awareness of what the law would do and how it would impact the average person who needs cold medications.

“Unfortunately, until we can do a better job educating people and providing accurate, factual information to assist them in making informed decisions as opposed to allowing multi-billion dollar special interest groups to influence their opinions we will continue to see an increase not only in the number of Meth Labs but in the number of children displaced and ultimately the number of deaths,” said Welch.

Sponsor:
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13