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      Rep. Kivela sponsors bill to fight meth production

      State Representative John Kivela introduced a bill on Tuesday that is aimed at battling methamphetamine production in Michigan.

      House Bill 5088 would prevent people with felony drug convictions from buying products containing pseudoephedrine. The existing National Precursor Log Exchange would be used to put a stop-sale notification on these individuals.

      "This is common-sense legislation when it comes to stopping the production of illegal drugs," said Kivela. "Creating the stop-sale notification would take the ease of purchasing methamphetamine's key ingredient out of the hands of convicted felons."

      The bill is part of a bipartisan package of legislation, including House Bills 5089 and 5090. The package of bills is aimed at combating organized groups purchasing per-person limit of pseudoephedrine and combining them to make a larger quantity of meth.

      Kivela, along with Reps. Bob Genetski and Aric Nesbitt, have co-sponsored these bills, which have been sent to the House Criminal Justice Committee for consideration.

      "It's always an honor to work one-on-one with my colleagues when battling an issue as serious as the production of illegal drugs," Kivela added. "If passed, this package of legislation will do a lot of good for our state."