OKLAHOMA CITY (February 23, 2012) – Law enforcement officials and pharmacists will have an easier time identifying individuals trying to purchase pseudoephedrine illegally under legislation passed unanimously this week by the Oklahoma House of Representatives, according to the bill’s author.
House Bill 2547, by state Rep. Jadine Nollan, will restrict the issuance of multiple identification numbers on driver’s licenses and other state-issued idenfication cards.
“Currently, a person can have multiple driver’s licenses and state identification cards with different identification numbers, creating an additional cost to the state and making it more difficult for law enforcement, pharmacists and state agencies to validate proper identify of an individual,” said Nollan (R-Sand Springs). “The original idea for this legislation came from Mike Carter, the assistant chief of police in Sand Springs. He was concerned about tracking individuals purchasing pseudoephedrine and properly identifying individuals who tried to buy an illegal quantity of this meth ingredient.”
Nollan said she worked with a local pharmacist, the Department of Public Safety and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics to get the proper language in the bill.
“I’ve worked really hard to ensure this legislation will aid these agencies, pharmacies and law enforcement in properly identifying potential meth cooks and suppliers,” Nollan said. “I was proud to see it get unanimous support on the House floor.”
Nollan said the legislation will also help reduce identity theft.
House Bill 2547 was approved by a vote of 92-0 and now proceeds to the Senate for consideration.