Bill Sponsor: Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA)
Bill Status: This bill was introduced to the Senate on April 9, 2018 by Sen. John Kennedy. THIS BILL IS NOT A LAW. To become a law, the bill must be approved by the Judiciary committees, passed by both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, and signed into law by the President. Each year, many bills are introduced, but few become law. We do not know if or when this bill will become law.
Summary: The “Ending the Fentanyl Crisis Act of 2018” is a misguided attempt to reduce fentanyl use and overdoses by expanding the applicability of current fentanyl mandatory minimum sentences. This bill, if passed, would significantly lower the weight thresholds of mixtures containing detectable amounts of fentanyl or its analogues, which trigger mandatory minimum sentences ranging from five years to life in prison. FAMM opposes S. 2635.