Contact: Rabiah Burks
FAMM Urges Arizona House of Representatives to Hold Strong Against Fentanyl Bill
PHOENIX – Last week, the Arizona House of Representatives voted down HB 2241, a bill that would create lengthy, ineffective mandatory minimums for fentanyl trafficking in Arizona. Shortly after the vote, Rep. Vince Leach changed his no vote and requested reconsideration of HB 2241. FAMM is disappointed in the decision from the House to reconsider a failed bill and urges the House of Representatives to not concede to knee-jerk, “do something” policies such as mandatory minimum sentencing.
“The House of Representatives got this vote right last week,” said Molly Gill, Vice President of Policy for Families Against Mandatory Minimums. “Arizona cannot afford to continue down the path of failed mandatory sentencing policies. Mandatory minimums have been on the books for years in Arizona and have failed to slow down or stop the opioid epidemic. We hope that legislators will remain committed to their votes from last week and stop this ineffective solution from becoming law.”
The House of Representatives has 14 days to reconsider this bill. FAMM will be monitoring this situation closely. For more information, please see our previous release, which includes our letter to the members urging them to oppose HB 2241.
FAMM is a nonpartisan, national advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice reforms to make our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM promotes change by raising the voices of families and individuals who are directly affected by counterproductive sentencing and prison policies.
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