I am proud to co-sponsor Senate Bill 570, a bill that would designate the illegal distribution of fentanyl, that causes the death of another person, as a crime. It would be considered a felony second-degree murder, with a maximum of 40 years in prison. This legislation would make sure that those who commit this crime are forced to face justice.

When Senator Bailey (District 29, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties) asked me to cosponsor this bill, I was reminded of my constituents’ concerns over methadone clinics in our communities. However, unlike these clinics, which are federally protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, we can do something about fentanyl by creating real consequences for those who decide to break the law. This is a step in the right direction for keeping drugs off of our street corners and out of our neighborhoods, and that’s a good thing for our district.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact my office by calling (410) 841-3587, or email me at johnnyray.salling@house.state.md.us.

-Sen. Johnny Ray Salling (R-6)

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