A proposal making it harder for methamphetamine makers to get key ingredients for brewing their drug is near approval in the Legislature. The focus is on meth-makers who use cold tablets as a main ingredient – because the fold tablets have ephedrine in them, a chemical needed for meth. But it takes a lot of those tablets. The state law says people cannot buy more than three packages of cold pills at the same time. But the issue is not purchase as much as it’s theft. The bill approved by the Senate says those cold medicines must be behind the counters of stores, or they must be within 15 feet of the cashier, and visible from the cash register. Some lawmakers want to move the cold remedies behind the counters entirely. The Senate has made some changes to the plan already adopted by the House. Three days remain in this session to reach a compromise with the House.