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      Rep. Kivela continues fight against growing meth problem

      Representative John Kivela is continuing his fight against the growing methamphetamine problem in Michigan.

      House Bill 5088, introduced by Rep. Kivela, was discussed on Wednesday in the House Criminal Justice Committee as part of a bipartisan package of legislation aimed at fighting the increased meth production in the state.

      "I am happy that my House colleagues in the Criminal Justice Committee were able to hear testimony on my bill today," said Kivela. "This is a piece of common-sense legislation that will make it more difficult for known criminals to produce methamphetamine in our state."

      Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese offered testimony on the growing number of meth incidents in his county.

      "These bills will help track the sales of pseudoephedrine that are key to the production of this dangerous drug that is devastating our community," said Wiese. "I am thankful to see Rep. Kivela making this a priority and I am hopeful that the bills will move through the legislative process."

      House Bills 5089 and 5090 were also introduced, by representatives Bob Genetski and Aric Nesbitt. These bills work together to tackle the issue of smurfing, which is the process of groups purchasing PSE so no individual exceeds the daily or 30-day person limit. The drug is then combined to make a large quantity of methamphetamine.

      "This is not an issue of politics," Kivela added. "Keeping drugs off our streets is a bipartisan effort, and I was happy to work across the aisle to get the job done. I look forward to moving this bill out of committee and to the full House for consideration."