House Republican lawmakers are working hard on legislation to combat Indiana’s illegal drug epidemic, which is wreaking havoc on our communities, creating problems for law enforcement and straining our criminal justice system. Various proposals for new laws to curb illegal drugs are moving through the legislative process, including:
House Bill 1235 would give prosecutors a powerful tool to keep the worst drug dealers behind bars. If passed, a drug dealer convicted of a Level 2 felony for dealing would receive a mandatory sentence of at least 10 years in prison, but could be sentenced up to 30 years.
Under House Bill 1157, which I authored, drug-related felony convictions would be uploaded to a statewide database and trigger a stop-sale alert if the felon attempts to buy medicine containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) without a prescription. PSE is used in various cold, flu and allergy medications and is also a key ingredient to make meth.
House Bill 1211 would give prosecutors more tools to convict those who attempt to make meth, and those who cause meth lab fires.
These bills reflect a strong effort by the House Republicans to find common-sense solutions to the illegal drug epidemic plaguing all areas of our state. If you have questions or input as we continue moving Indiana forward, please contact me.