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House Bill to Increase Penalties for Fentanyl Exposure Moves to Second Reading

The House convened for Day 9 of the Legislative Session. Senate Bill 8 and House Bill 4067 were read for the second time and will be up for discussion and passage tomorrow.

Read for the first time were House Bills 2184, 2912, and 3303.

House Bill 2184 increases the criminal penalties for intentionally exposing a government representative including EMS personnel to fentanyl or any other harmful drug or chemical agent. The bill sets guidelines for misdemeanor exposure and felony exposure. A misdemeanor exposure is intentionally possessing and exposing a government representative. A misdemeanor conviction carries a fine of no more than $500 or confinement to jail for one month to one year. A felony exposure is intentionally possessing and exposing a government representative to fentanyl or other harmful drug or chemical agent in which the representative is physically harmed by such drug or agent. A felony conviction carries a fine of no more than $2,000 and/or imprisonment in a state correctional facility for two to five years.

House Bill 2972 permits the manufacture of up to 100 gallons of home manufactured liquor per calendar year in households with two or more persons over 21 years of age for personal or family use. If there is only one person over the age of 21, then the household may only manufacture 50 gallons for personal use. The liquor manufactured under this section of code may not be sold or offered for sale.

House Bill 3303 provides that no appointment may be made to an unfilled vacancy after a primary election.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow, January 21, 2022.

Committees – Today

The Committee on Energy and Manufacturing will meet at 1 p.m. in Room 410.

The Committee on Health and Human Resources will meet at 1 p.m. in the House Chamber.

The Finance Committee will continue budget hearings at 3 p.m. in Room 460.

The Education Committee will meet at 3 p.m. in Room 434 for a budget presentation.

Committees – Tomorrow, January 21, 2022

The Committee on Seniors, Children, and Family Issues will meet at 8 a.m. in the House Chamber.

The Select Committee on Prisons and Corrections will meet at 8 a.m. in Room 410.

The Finance Committee will continue budget hearings at 9 a.m. in Room 460.

 

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