Salem, Ore. -- A new law designed to protect buyers from unknowingly purchasing methamphetamine homes is waiting for the Governor's approval. House Bill 4065 unanimously passed the House and Senate. It's sponsored by Oregon Representative Gail Whitsett and was motivated by a 2012 case in Klamath Falls in which a couple bought a former methamphetamine home, but had no idea at the time.
The bill is limited in its scope; it only applies to bank owned foreclosures sold at auction. Under the bill, the bank would be required to post a notice stating it's unknown if the home was ever used as a meth lab, unless the bank has conducted tests to prove otherwise.
Medford's Police Chief Tim George says he hasn't seen a meth lab in Medford in eight years, because Pseudoephedrine is no longer sold over the counter. He says most of the methamphetamine sold in Medford comes from Mexico.