Legislation to extend life of meth task force on its way to governor’s desk

A bill sponsored in the state Legislature by two Western Slope lawmakers that would extend the life of the state Methamphetamine Task Force another four years is on its way to the governor’s desk.

Senate Bill 231, sponsored by Sen. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, in the Senate and Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, in the House, would ensure the task force continues to operate until 2014.

State lawmakers created the task force in 2006 to develop a statewide strategy to respond to the use of meth in Colorado. The board is funded with private donations and is composed of 27 members from the government and private sectors.

Since its formation, authorities have seen a reduction in the number of meth-lab busts and the creation of new treatment centers, including one in Mesa County. Officials applaud those accomplishments but say there is more to do, as the highly addictive drugs continues to stream into the state from Mexico.

“The goal of the task force is to keep pressure on the dealers, and provide help for the users,” Bradford said.

The bill now awaits Gov. Bill Ritter’s signature before coming law.


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