House Bill 406

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Rep. Megan Blanksma

In response to the escalating crisis of fentanyl-related overdoses and deaths in Idaho, the House of Representatives took decisive action this session by passing House Bill 406. This crucial piece of legislation, which we are proud to co-sponsor, adds fentanyl to the list of dangerous drugs subjected to mandatory minimum sentences.

This bill is a necessary step in combating the use of fentanyl in our state by providing law enforcement with clearer guidelines for identifying and prosecuting offenders. By defining specific quantities of fentanyl that constitute trafficking offenses, the bill ensures that individuals involved in the manufacture, distribution, or importation of large amounts of fentanyl face appropriate penalties. This aligns with our broader commitment to prioritize public safety and ensure secure communities for our families to thrive in.

Under the provisions of House Bill 406, individuals convicted of carrying fentanyl face significant penalties. Minimum sentences range from three years in prison and a $10,000 fine for carrying at least four grams or 100 to 249 pills, to a minimum of a $25,000 fine and 10 years in prison for carrying more than 28 grams or 500+ pills. The severity of these penalties reflects the seriousness of the fentanyl crisis Idahoans are facing.

Rep. Matt Bundy

Furthermore, House Bill 406 includes punishments for crime of a drug-induced homicide. This acknowledges the devastating consequences of fentanyl-related overdoses and ensures that individuals responsible for such tragedies are held accountable for their actions. By imposing these punishments, the bill provides justice for victims and their families while deterring future instances of fatal drug distribution.

House Bill 406 represents a crucial advancement in our relentless battle against the illicit drug trade. This legislation serves as a powerful tool in safeguarding our communities, holding accountable those who seek to profit from the dangerous distribution of fentanyl. By co-sponsoring this legislation, we proudly reaffirm our unwavering commitment to prioritizing the safety and well-being of our families and communities in district eight.