Newsbrief: Colorado Kiddie Meth Bill Passes, Awaits Governor's Signature 3/14/03

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Colorado's "kiddie meth" bill, which expands the definition of child abuse and neglect to include manufacturing drugs in a home where children are present, has passed both houses of the Colorado legislature, and awaits only the signature of Gov. Bill Owens (R) to become law.

Under Colorado law, the governor need not sign a bill for it to become law, but Owens has been a strong supporter of the legislation and is expected to sign it. He has 10 days to do so once the bill reaches his desk, Colorado House staffers told DRCNet, but although the bill passed on March 3, the governor's 10-day clock doesn't start ticking until it officially reaches his desk. The bill has not done so yet, said the staffers.

HB1169, sponsored by Rep. Pam Rhodes (R-Thornton), carries penalties of up to 12 years in prison for violators. It is one of a package of three anti-meth bills introduced in the legislature this session. The other two remain alive (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/269.html#homemethlabs and http://www.drcnet.org/wol/274.html#coloradobill).

On March 7, four days after the bill passed, Gov. Owens addressed the National Methamphetamine Conference, a symposium of police and prosecutors from across the country, where he called for tough prison terms for meth offenders. "Some say we can't afford to incarcerate people who prey on the public," Owens said. "I think we can't afford not to."

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