From the Associated Press

A bill to require computerized tracking by Indiana retailers of cold medicines used in making methamphetamine has cleared the state legislature.

The Senate voted 41-8 today for the bill, which the House approved Thursday.

It would have all stores selling ephedrine or pseudoephedrine enter the identity of customers into a multi-state database and limit how much a person can buy.

“Sen. Tim Skinner was among those voting no, saying he agrees with police officials who don’t believe it will be effective at limiting access to the drug by meth makers. Bill supporter Sen. Brent Steele says the
tracking system should be tried before taking the tougher step of requiring prescriptions for those medicines,” he said.

The bill now goes to Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."