The huge spike in fentanyl deaths has spurred this state into action

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Thanks to Biden’s open border policies, fentanyl is flooding into the US.

And it is having deadly consequences.

That is why this state is taking drastic action to stem the tide of fentanyl deaths. 

Arizona could make fentanyl-related deaths a felony

The state of Arizona is currently pushing legislation through that could make some fentanyl-related deaths a felony murder charge.

The bill passed the state Senate in an 18-10-2 vote, with two Democrats, Senators Christine Marsh and Catherine Miranda, also voting in favor.

Senate Bill 1344 was sponsored by Senator Anthony Kern (R-Glendale) earlier in February, and it proposes to charge people with first-degree murder if they play a direct role in giving someone or selling someone a deadly dose of fentanyl.

The legislation’s fact sheet reads, “Classifies, as first-degree murder, causing the death of any person during the course of and in furtherance of the offense or immediate flight from an offense involving the possession for sale, manufacturer or transportation of fentanyl.”

A felony first-degree murder charge could result in a sentence of life in prison or even the death penalty in severe cases.

In a statement, Kern said, “Too many of our children are dying at the hands of cartels smuggling fentanyl across our border. The issue is continuously getting worse, and we must establish harsher penalties for criminals who bring this dangerous and deadly drug into our communities.”

The Senator spoke similar words during a floor speech when the legislation was first proposed.

However, some Democrats are skeptical about the new bill, using the “War on Drugs” as a way to discourage it from passing.

Senate Minority Leader Mitzi Epstein said, “It does not reduce the supply or demand of drugs,” just before voting no.

However, Democrat Senator Marsh voted yes, saying, “We cannot criminalize our way out of this crisis” but that she was “okay with that sentence going higher.”

Many lawmakers support the bill

While there were some detractors, several Arizona lawmakers wholeheartedly supported the new legislation.

Arizona State Senators have also advanced another piece of legislation called the “one pill bill,” which would reduce the amount of fentanyl required for someone to receive criminal prosecution.

Republican state Senator Justine Wadsack sponsored the bill and said the tolerance level is much too high considering how little fentanyl is required to become lethal.

Meanwhile, many Republicans believe that stricter punishment is a good way to help mitigate the fentanyl crisis.

Senator John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills) said, “This narrative that drug enforcement doesn’t do anything is just false.”

The vote was just one of many on the floor this week while several Senate and House bills were starting to make their way out of the chambers to go to the other.

If a bill passes both chambers, it ends up on Democrat Governor Katie Hobbs’ desk.

Hobbs ultimately gets to decide whether or not any of the newly proposed legislation becomes law.

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.