Katie Hobbs Vetoes Bill to Protect Children from Fentanyl Poisoning
Katie Hobbs (left) Kamala Harris (right)
Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs (D) on Tuesday vetoed SB1027, which would have established “knowingly manufacturing carfentanil, fentanyl or fentanyl memetic substances under any circumstance that causes physical injury to a minor who is under 15 years of age as a class 2 felony offense punishable as a dangerous crime against children” and made changes to existing sentencing provisions for certain narcotic drug offenses.
This includes harsher sentences for those convicted of distributing heroin, carfentanil, fentanyl, or a fentanyl memetic substance and even more damning consequences under circumstances that cause physical injury to a minor.
The bill passed through the Senate and House with bipartisan support.
This is why Arizonans refer to the illegitimate Governor as “Cartel Katie.” Hobbs vetoed the bill, claiming that it would undermine Arizona’s “Good Samaritan Law,” which provides protection to individuals who intervene to save someone experiencing an opioid overdose.
State Senator Anthony Kern, the bill’s sponsor, called this a “misleading stretch” and stated that “Hobbs is more concerned with protecting fentanyl manufacturers and providers than implementing real measures that protect our children and communities from these dangerous drugs.”
Senator Kern issued the following press release on Tuesday:
Governor Injudiciously Vetoes Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Protecting Children from Fentanyl
PHOENIX, ARIZONA- Senator Anthony Kern is expressing his concern and dismay after Governor Hobbs vetoed a heavily bipartisan bill that would have helped protect children from being harmed by fentanyl.
SB 1027 would have established knowingly manufacturing fentanyl under circumstances that cause physical injury to a minor under the age of 15 as a class 2 felony offense punishable as a dangerous crime against children (DCAC). It also would have increased penalties for crimes related to the sale of fentanyl and heroin.
“We have been fighting the opioid epidemic not just in Arizona, but nationwide for decades,” said Senator Kern. “The least we can do is try to protect our children and future generations from exposure to a deadly drug often laced into opioids. This bill had the support of many Democrats, yet Governor Hobbs continues to show her priorities are out of line. In her veto
Source: The Gateway Pundit