COLUMBUS—State Representative Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today applauded the passage of Substitute Senate Bill 1 by the Ohio House. Sponsored by State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson), Sub. S.B. 1 was passed unanimously by the House Criminal Justice Committee and today passed on the House floor.

In 2012, there were 27 reported fentanyl cases in Ohio. By 2017, there were 3,746 reported cases. Sub. S.B. 1 seeks to revise Ohio drug laws and to strengthen the consequences of dealing with fentanyl or fentanyl-related drugs, which can be extremely dangerous and potent. This legislation increases the penalties for drug trafficking and aggravated funding of drug trafficking convictions. It also increases the penalty for drug possession convictions when the involved drug is a fentanyl-related compound.

The House Criminal Justice Committee amended provisions regarding the consequences for situations where fentanyl is laced with other drugs, such as marijuana and Schedule V through I level drugs.

“Senate Bill 1 is important legislation that targets a significant issue facing our state: fentanyl,” said Rep. Manning, chair of the Criminal Justice Committee. “This drug is negatively affecting each and every community across Lorain County and the state. While this legislation won’t entirely solve the fentanyl issue, Senate Bill 1 is a major step forward in the ongoing fight against it.”

Sub. S.B. 1 will reform Ohio laws to more appropriately deal with drug crimes, and create protections for Ohioans by keeping dealers of dangerous, fentanyl-laced drugs off the streets.

Having passed out of the House with amendments, Substitute Senate Bill 1 now returns to the Senate for further consideration.

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