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Bruning Announces Legislative Package

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The 2011 legislative session starts tomorrow in Lincoln.
But today Attorney General Jon Bruning announced five bills he's throwing his weight behind in an effort to make Nebraskans safer.

Attorney General Jon Bruning is throwing his legal weight behind five separate measures.
Two specifically target drugs in our state.
The first is a ban on a class of compounds used to make K2 or spice.

"We've determined that it's time to come together to protect our citizens and families from this very insidious product," said Omaha Senator Beau McCoy.

McCoy is carrying the bill. Thirteen other states have banned the drug and both Bruning and McCoy say web sites make the compounds readily available online, while chemists change their formula to keep the drugs made with them legal.

"Chemists change the chemical makeup in Pakistan and ship them off here to Nebraska," said Bruning.

But K2 isn't the only drug Bruning is targeting in the 2011 session. He's targeting a drug much more familiar to Nebraskans.

"Meth smurfers should not find a safe haven in Nebraska," said McCoy.

If Nebraska legislators get behind this bill, it would create a statewide electronic tracking system for the purchase of drugs used to make meth.
The current law restricts the amount of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine that can be purchased.
But meth makers would buy small amounts at several locations in a practice known as smurfing.
The new system would track purchases online in real time to stop that.

"This legislation provides a way to stop them in their tracks, going beyond what we've done in the past," said McCoy.

Bruning also wants to stop criminals from pleading insanity when they were voluntarily intoxicated or high when a crime was committed.

"This is going to hold criminals accountable for their behavior. If you make a conscious choice to drink or get high, it doesn't make you insane," said Bruning.

The bill is being carried by Senator Colby Coash.
34 other states have a similar law.

Bruning also got behind a bill that would require that challenges to criminal convictions be filed within a year of the date of the conviction - unless DNA issues are involved.
The last bill protects peace officers from assault with bodily fluids.
It would make it a crime to spit on, or throw urine or feces on a public safety officer while the officer is on the job.




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