The Senate unanimously approved legislation that would criminalize the acts of operating a methamphetamine lab and dumping meth waste.

Under House Bill 485, operating a meth lab would be considered a second degree felony. However, if the lab is located within 1,000 feet of a school, a college or university or a nursery school or day care center or within 250 feet of a recreation center or playground, the offense would be elevated to a first degree felony.

The bill also makes dumping meth waste a third degree felony.

The bill is now in the House Rules Committee.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 1091 by a 47-2 vote.  This bill would amend the County Code, to allow people the ability to access coroner’s reports in accordance to the Right-to-Know law.  Under this law, a person can make a request four ways: mail, fax, e-mail or in person. The request must be sufficiently “specific” to allow the public body to identify what you are seeking.

Currently, County Code allows interested parties to inspect the official records and papers for the preceding year in the office of the Prothonotary.

The bill is now in the House.

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