SACRAMENTO – Republican lawmakers will unite to force a floor vote on important bills addressing the fentanyl crisis that have been stalled by the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
A VOTE AGAINST HEARING THESE BILLS IS A VOTE TO SUPPORT THE STATUS QUO, WITH MORE THAN A HUNDRED CALIFORNIANS DYING EACH WEEK OF FENTANYL OVERDOSES AND POISONING.
This Thursday, Assembly Republicans will move to withdraw the bills from the Assembly Public Safety Committee and take them up for a vote on the floor, forcing lawmakers to pick a side between protecting Californians from fentanyl poisoning or protecting drug dealers who profit off the overdose epidemic.
Republicans will move to take up the following bills:
- AB 33 (Jasmeet Bains) – to establish a Fentanyl Addiction and Overdose Prevention Task Force.
- AB 367 (Brian Maienschein) – add a sentencing enhancement for fentanyl dealers who kill or seriously injure people they sell the drug to.
- AB 675 (Esmeralda Soria) – prohibit carrying a gun while in possession of fentanyl.
- AB 955 (Cottie Petrie-Norris) – increase penalties for fentanyl dealers who sell on social media.
- AB 1058 (Jim Patterson) – increase penalties for those possessing large quantities of fentanyl.
In the weeks since Assembly Public Safety Committee chair Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), announced his committee would refuse any more bills aimed at combatting our state’s fentanyl crisis, hundreds of Californians have died from fentanyl.
We cannot afford to wait any longer to stem the flow of poison into our communities.
WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 2023 at approximately 9:15 AM.
WHERE: Assembly Floor – Livestream Available Here
WHO: California State Lawmakers