By Carl Mickelson, Staff Writer
On the same day that Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed groundbreaking legislation to battle the methamphetamine plague (see sidebar) that's wreaked havoc on families across the state, Oregon's Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden pledged to take the issue to Washington, D.C.
"It's time for the federal government to do its part," Wyden said Tuesday at a press conference at the North Bend Public Library.
Wyden and his Republican counterpart, Sen. Gordon Smith, are sponsoring the Combat Meth Act recently approved by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The key provisions of the federal bill includes restricting the sale of the necessary ingredients to make meth, providing millions of dollars in funding to local law enforcement and prosecutors and to research new types of treatment.