State Rep. Tommy Reynolds (D-Water Valley) authored Noah’s Law (House Bill 507) during the 2015 legislative session. The bill was named after Noah Smith, a Water Valley teen who died after taking caffeine pills for energy.
After passing through the House of Representatives, the bill was killed in the Senate.
“This was a great disappointment to many of us who believe it was a public safety measure,” Reynolds said.
However, a June 19 opinion from the Mississippi Attorney General’s office held that municipal and county governments could enact ordinances preventing minors from purchasing unregulated caffeine pills and powders.