HB1973 Changes certain provisions of the Controlled Substances Law.
Sponsor: Hosmer, Craig (138) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: Boucher, Bill (48) LR Number: 4396L.04C
Last Action: COMMITTEE: CRIMINAL LAW
03/28/2000 - HCS Reported Do Pass (H)
HCS HB 1973 & 1880
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COMMITTEE

HCS HB 1973 & 1880 -- CRIMES AND PUNISHMENT

SPONSOR:  Hosmer

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Criminal
Law by a vote of 12 to 3.

This substitute makes changes to laws concerning crimes and
punishments.  In its major provisions, the substitute:

(1)  Makes gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) a Schedule I
controlled substance, except in circumstances where GHB or its
derivatives have been approved for medical use, in which case it
is a Schedule III controlled substance.  The substitute also
makes ketamine and its derivatives a Schedule III controlled
substance and removes it from the list of Schedule IV substances;

(2)  Adds gamma butyrolactone and 1,4 butanediol to the list of
drugs for which a report is required to the Department of Health
upon all transactions;

(3)  Removes certain timing and data requirements from the
reports that must be made to the Department of Health concerning
controlled substance transactions, but adds new record-keeping
requirements that must meet federal and Department of Health
standards.  The substitute authorizes the department to inspect
the establishments of those who transact controlled substances;

(5)  Requires the Highway Patrol to develop, operate, and
maintain an information system for the storage and analysis of
Highway Patrol and other, self-reported, law enforcement agency
incident and arrest reports.  Data included must also address
activity relating to the distribution of methamphetamine and
other illegal drugs; and

(6)  Requires that the Highway Patrol provide information to the
national systems and annually publish a report to the Governor
and the Department of Public Safety.  The penalty for violation
of these provisions is potential ineligibility for state and
federal funds.

FISCAL NOTE:  Estimated Net Cost to General Revenue Fund of
$296,323 to $496,323 in FY 2001, $478,281 to $678,281 in FY
2002, and $520,830 to $720,830 in FY 2003.  Estimated Net Cost
to Criminal Record System Fund of $0 in FY 2001, $319,162 in FY
2002, and $327,141 in FY 2003.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that due to the extremely dangerous
nature of GHB, possession, use, and the manufacture of the drug
must be criminalized.  In particular, the growing use of the
drug in the commission of date rape requires that it be
classified as a controlled substance.  Supporters also say that
Missouri is one of two states that do not participate in the
national uniform crime reporting system, to its detriment and
the detriment of other states in fighting crime.  Supporters
also say that sanctions may be imposed in the form of lost
federal funds and grants for failure to participate.

Testifying for HB 1973 were Representatives Hosmer and Boucher;
Cape Girardeau Police Department; Highway Patrol; Kansas City
Police Department; and Missouri Coalition Against Sexual
Assault.  Testifying for HB 1880 were Representatives Hosmer and
Chrismer; Gary Kempker, Director of the Department of Public
Safety; Highway Patrol; Missouri Police Chiefs Association; and
Office of the Attorney General.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Sarah Madden, Legislative Analyst


INTRODUCED

HB 1973 -- Controlled Substances

Co-Sponsors:  Hosmer, Boucher

This bill makes gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) a Schedule I
controlled substance, except in circumstances where GHB or its
derivatives have been approved for medical use, in which case it
is a Schedule III controlled substance.  The bill also makes
ketamine and its derivatives a Schedule III controlled substance
and removes it from the list of Schedule IV substances.

The bill adds gamma butyrolactone and 1,4 butanediol to the list
of drugs for which a report is required to the Department of
Health upon all transactions.

The bill also removes certain timing and data requirements from
the reports that must be made to the Department of Health
concerning controlled substance transactions, but adds new
record-keeping requirements that must meet federal and
Department of Health standards.  The bill authorizes the
department to inspect the establishments of those who transact
controlled substances.


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