LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 9, 2012) — More than 100 new Kentucky laws take effect Thursday, ranging from increased tax incentives for automobile manufacturers and parts suppliers to expand in Kentucky, to combating drug abuse, to tightened restrictions on the purchase of pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in the production of methamphetamine.
Gov. Steve Beshear signed 150 bills into law earlier this year, the Associated Press reports.
The governor touted the new tax incentives as a means to create more manufacturing jobs. The law expands the incentives to all carmakers or affiliated companies that make at least a $100 million investment and hire at least 1,000 new employees, the AP says.
The pseudoephedrine law allows people to purchase no more than two packages of cold medicine containing the drug, such as Sudafed, Clartin-D or Advil Cold & Sinus. Without pseudophedrine, methamphetamine cannot be readily produced.
Other laws are aimed at copper thieves, rogue pigs and drug abuse in Kentucky coal mines.