Legislation sponsored by Sen. Mike Nofs to help enforce limits on purchasing a key ingredient in the production of methamphetamine was signed Friday by Gov. Rick Snyder.

LANSING –- Legislation sponsored by Sen. Mike Nofs to help enforce limits on purchasing a key ingredient in the production of methamphetamine was signed Friday by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“As a former state police commander, I thank the governor for helping keep Michigan’s communities safe by signing this important reform into law,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “Methamphetamine production is extremely dangerous, and law enforcement officers put themselves at risk every time they try to close down a lab. This reform will help save the lives of would-be addicts as well as those of our dedicated officers who work hard every day to keep us safe.”

Methamphetamine, or meth, is an illegal drug that is commonly manufactured using ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, which are common ingredients in cold medications.

“Meth is a highly-addictive drug that is unfortunately making inroads in mid-Michigan. Its effects on users, their families and communities are shocking and devastating,” Nofs said. “Consumers are currently required to show ID that retailers record when buying certain cold or allergy medicines. My bill punishes criminals who attempt to circumvent state law by using a fake ID to acquire large quantities of these substances for illicit purposes.”

Under Nofs’ measure, Public Act 85 of 2011, it will be a misdemeanor to use or attempt to use a false identification or that of another person to purchase a product containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, except in the case of undercover or police operations. This is consistent with existing state law, which prohibits the use of a false ID to purchase a firearm or for a minor attempting to purchase alcohol.

Nofs’ reform is part of a four-bill package to combat meth production. The other measures, Public Acts 84, 86 and 87 of 2011, set a limit on the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can buy, require buyers to show ID, and require retailers to consult an online system to ensure the buyer has not exceeded the limit.
 

Senate approves Nofs bills to assist youths

LANSING —Legislation to help improve better outcomes for foster care and other at-risk youths by creating a voluntary program for young adults ages 18 to 21 was approved Thursday by the Michigan Senate, said Sen. Mike Nofs.

Senate Bills 435-440 would create the “Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care Act” which would allow 18-year-olds to choose to remain under certain state care until they turn 21. Nofs’ bill would amend the Guardianship Assistance Act to allow youths in the voluntary program to remain in guardianship until age 21.

“This optional program will help these young people succeed by giving them a stable family or adult connection for three years during an important stage in their life,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “We can help create better outcomes for these young adults through increased educational attainment and guidance. In doing so, the state can improve lives and cut costs to taxpayers by reducing crime, substance abuse, pregnancy and reliance on state assistance programs.”

Through the federal Fostering Connections Act, states can draw federal funding to support a voluntary foster care program for youths age 18-21 if they are either completing high school, enrolled in post-secondary or vocational school, participating in a program designed to remove barriers to employment, employed for at least 80 hours per month, or incapable of doing any of these activities due to a medical condition.

The Senate also approved an amended version of Senate Bill 229, sponsored by Nofs, to establish and maintain a publicly accessible central registry, containing statistical information regarding child fatalities.

“My bill would ensure that a local court official sit on the child fatality review team to ensure necessary communication between agencies,” Nofs said. “To improve the system and prevent tragedies everyone involved must have all the necessary information.”

Senate Bills 229 and 435-440 have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.