Gov. Abbott to sign new anti-fentanyl legislation in Houston today

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Texas is astir to get tougher connected radical selling the highly unsafe opioid fentanyl.

It's a rising occupation here. State troopers seized 95 pounds of the cause successful the archetypal 4th of 2021, compared to conscionable 11 pounds during that aforesaid play past year.

Wednesday, Governor Greg Abbott volition motion a measure that increases the penalties for making and distributing fentanyl.

Abbott volition beryllium joined by Senator Joan Huffman and Crime Stoppers of Houston Deputy Director Nichole Christoph.

ABC13 volition watercourse the signing unrecorded successful the video subordinate above. Abbott is expected to talk astatine 11:30 a.m.

Under the caller law, the minimum condemnation for the manufacture oregon transportation of fentanyl increases to 15 years for an magnitude of 200-400 grams and 20 years for an magnitude of implicit 400 grams.

In a connection helium sent to the ABC13 newsroom, the politician called retired the bill's author, State Representative Ann Johnson.

Abbott said Johnson would not beryllium attending the signing ceremonial due to the fact that she, "fled the authorities with different Democrats who abandoned their legislative responsibilities."

State Representative Johnson told ABC13 she doesn't enactment for the governor.

"I'm gladsome that the politician is reasoning astir me, but I would inquire that helium refocus his efforts connected the powerfulness grid, healthcare entree being expanded, particularly successful this infinitesimal of an summation variant - the Delta variant of COVID, and lets speech astir the rising epidemic successful weapon violence," Johnson said.

Earlier this month, dozens of Texas House Democrats boarded a level to Washington, D.C.

The determination broke quorum successful the house, blocking a ballot connected the arguable voting restrictions bill.

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