Gallagher Responds to Assembly Passage of Fentanyl Bills

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (Yuba City) issued the following statement on the Assembly’s passage of a series of bills to address the fentanyl crisis: 

Today was a step in the right direction that would not have happened without Republicans, victims’ families and law enforcement demanding action. Still, more needs to be done. Republicans have consistently called for comprehensive solutions to fight the fentanyl crisis from a public health AND public safety perspective. I wish my Democratic colleagues would do the same. Narcan, test strips, addiction treatment and education are all important tools in fighting this epidemic, but without accountability for those selling poison in our communities, the killing is going to continue.” 

The Assembly unanimously passed the following bills:  

  • AB 19 – Requires schools to keep Narcan available on campus
  • AB 33 – Creates a Fentanyl Addiction and Overdose Prevention Task Force
  • AB 461 – Makes fentanyl test strips available on college campuses
  • AB 474 – Fosters cooperation between the State Threat Assessment Center and local law enforcement for fentanyl enforcement
  • AB 701 – Creates a sentencing enhancement for possessing enough fentanyl to kill at least half a million people
  • AB 889 – Ensures parents are taught about the dangers of fentanyl
  • AB 890 – Creates a fentanyl-specific probation class for those convicted of fentanyl crimes
  • AB 915 – Teaches students to recognize overdoses and how to use Narcan
  • AB 1060 – Requires insurers to cover the cost of Narcan