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[s22] Sen. Alting: Senate Finalizes Bill Fighting Synthetic Drugs
Start Date: 3/28/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/28/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (March 28, 2013) – A bill authored by State Sen. Ron Alting to improve Indiana’s laws against synthetic drugs had final legislative approval today in the Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

The Senate concurred 48-1 with the House of Representatives’ amendments to Senate Bill 536. The bill was approved by the House earlier this week.

Alting’s legislation would tighten Indiana’s ban on dangerous synthetic drugs by making it illegal to possess or deal “look-alikes.” Current state law only prohibits substances identified as synthetic drugs based on their chemical makeup.

SB 536 would also strengthen Indiana’s definition of “intoxication” to allow law enforcement officers to arrest and prosecute individuals driving under the influence of synthetic drugs.

“I authored legislation in 2011 to combat these drugs that have become an epidemic in our state,” Alting said. “My goal as a legislator is to pass good public policy that makes tomorrow better than today for the citizens of Indiana. I believe this bill does that in a way that serves as a model for other states.”

Contact Information:
Name: Evan Eikenberry
Phone: 317-232-9498
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