- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings on a bill banning certain synthetic drugs even though the Wasilla City Council has rejected a similar ordinance.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Meyer, a Republican from Anchorage, would prohibit the sale of synthetic drugs which mimic certain stimulants and marijuana.

Meyer noted his bill mirrors closely an Anchorage municipal ordinance.

Meyer said Anchorage officials fear synthetic drugs will be brought into the city from Wasilla and the Kenai Peninsula, and said the hazard to public safety they pose requires a statewide ban.

Sen. Bill Wielechowski, an Anchorage Democrat, noted Wasilla had voted down a similar law Monday night.

The fine for each item sold by a business would be $500.

The bill was held Wednesday in committee.

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