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Latest news: 6-12-2009

Oregon House approves metal theft bill 

Salem, OR - The Legislature has taken another stab at stopping thieves who steal metal and sell it for quick cash.

The House voted unanimously Thursday for Senate Bill 570, which would require scrap metal dealers to pay for their material with a check mailed to the seller's home no sooner than three business days after the sale.

Full story, KGW-TV

California legislators back anti-meth bill

CA - Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, has co-sponsored legislation to address methamphetamine abuse.

The bipartisan bill is known as the METH (Methamphetamine Education, Treatment, and Hope) Act of 2009 and is co-sponsored by Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs.

The legislation calls for improved identification and prevention of methamphetamine addiction, broader support for treatment programs targeted to serve pregnant and parenting women, and allocates funding to create methamphetamine awareness projects.

The bill is expected to be referred to the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.

From The Record

Investigation into illegal gambling also turns up drug ring

Seattle, WA - It began three years ago as a probe into illegal, after-hours gambling dens, with an undercover Seattle cop posing as "Brian," a "trust-fund baby" who wanted nothing more than to party and make a quick buck, according to court documents.

But by the time police and federal agents swooped in with a series of busts on Wednesday and early Thursday, that undercover officer had managed to infiltrate and expose a drug ring that was dealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cocaine and methamphetamine, prosecutors charge.

Full story, The Seattle Times

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