County Executive Steve Schuh Testifies in Favor of Governor Hogan’s Heroin and Opioid Enforcement Initiative
Annapolis, MD (February 28, 2017) – County Executive Steve Schuh today testified in favor of Governor Larry Hogan’s heroin and opioid enforcement bill, HB 687.
“I am so grateful we have a Governor who understands the breadth of the heroin addiction crisis and is focused on supporting real solutions,” said Schuh. “I believe this legislation will be an effective tool as we work to overcome this crisis.”
The Distribution of Opioids Resulting in Death Act, or HB 687, would create a new felony, punishable by up to 30 years, for individuals who distribute an opioid or opioid analog that causes the death of another. The legislation contains an important provision to allow prosecutors to target major drug dealers. Additionally, the legislation contains protections for those who sell drugs to support their own addiction.
The testimony took place before the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee.
The County Executive stood alongside the Governor when he unveiled his proposal on January 24th at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.