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Hope For Meth Home Disclosure Bill Dies In State House, Senate

They've been through testing and extensive cleaning, made thousands of dollars of repairs and replacements.

Now, Major and Daisy Jackson are finally enjoying their Moss Point home, free of the meth that once contaminated this entire house.

"I just hope nobody else has to go through what we went through," Major Jackson said.

But the chances of another Mississippi family unknowingly moving into a former meth lab haven't changed. 

"Sometimes it takes an issue to snowball before people really realize, wait, let's stop the bus and get something done," District 51 Senator Michael Watson said.

After our investigation, State Senator Michael Watson wrote the first meth lab disclosure and cleanup bill. Just a few weeks later, the legislation died in committee because of outside forces Senator Watson says were battling the bill.

"If you have a chairman of committee who's passionate about "A through "F', well "G" might be something that's important, but it just doesn't have the time to get there yet. Being a freshman, I took my orders, and said, yes sir," Senator Watson said.

Senator Watson says the Mississippi Realtors Association lobbied hard against the meth disclosure bill. They say that the state should wait until federal studies have been completed on what meth might do to a home. It's unclear how long that could take, but the Jackson's say, any amount of time is too long.

"I want the legislature to feel it, I want the governor to feel it, I want him to sniff it, every drop of it, I mean every bit of it. They don't know what pain we went through moving every piece of furniture out, every piece of clothes out.  I want them to feel it, I really do," Daisy Jackson said. 

Senator Watson hopes once the federal study is complete, lawmakers can revisit the bill and take action.

"I tried my best. I did. But when other folks are focusing on other issues, it's kind of hard sometimes to get those to the front. And I won't stop, I'll give you my word on that," Sen. Watson said.

The Jacksons hope one day the barriers will be cleared, so buyers and renters will have the power to be protected from former meth homes.

We left messages with the lobbyist for the Mississippi Association of Realtors, but our calls were not returned.

As for the federal government's studies, the Environmental Protection Agency is developing voluntary meth lab cleanup standards, and will work with individual states to implement meth lab decontamination guidelines.

By Keli Rabon

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