FIX THE DRUG CRISIS

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House Bill 1520

Restore fentanyl distribution penalties

Enhance penalties for fentanyl distribution to reduce the flow of illegal drugs through our state. (Filed in 2023: Did not receive a hearing. In 2024: Did not receive a hearing.)

Sponsor: Rep. Gina Mosbrucker
Status: Ignored by Democrats
Comment on HB 1520
House Bill 2324

Establish a Bureau of Narcotics

Establish a new Bureau of Narcotics to fight sophisticated drug trafficking rings that operate across local government jurisdictional boundaries. (Filed in 2024: Did not receive a hearing.)

House bill 1162

Protect our communities from dangerous drugs

Make it a crime to expose children and vulnerable adults to fentanyl and other controlled substances. (Filed in 2023: Did not receive a hearing. In 2024: Did not receive a hearing.)

Despite the obvious dangers of children being exposed to fentanyl and no measures in place to protect them, the best Democrats could muster was Senate Bill 6109, which instructs courts to give “great weight” to the lethality of synthetic opioids when considering whether a child should be removed from a home. Amendment 1164 eliminated the “great weight” language and instead would have established a rebuttable presumption that removal is necessary to prevent imminent harm when fentanyl is in the home. House Democrats voted it down, 49-46.

Sponsor: Rep. Jenny Graham
Status: Ignored by Democrats
Comment on HB 1162
House bill 1373

Close encampments

Require local governments to close encampments near critical areas like schools and provide funding for clean-up and additional homelessness services.

House bill 1456

Prevent retail theft

Modify the definition of theft so that security officers can actually stop shoplifters when they conceal merchandise rather than only when they leave the store.

Additional amendments and motions offered by House Republicans

The Democrats’ operating budget made almost no new investments in public safety and encampment response. House Republican Amendment 1104 to Senate Bill 5950 would have provided $150 million per year in grants to local law enforcement and $320 million to clean up encampments.  It also included $28 million in grants to transit agencies to enforce and prevent drug use in transit facilities, and to decontaminate transit facilities from methamphetamines and fentanyl. House Democrats voted it down, 53-42.