Senator Melissa Melendez (R -Lake Elsinore), announced today that her bill Senate Bill 350, also known as “Alexandra’s Law” failed passage with only Senator Ochoa-Bogh (R – San Bernardino) voting in support of the bill in the Senate Public Safety Committee.
“Drug Dealers have a financial incentive to sell Fentanyl,” said Melendez. “A little Fentanyl goes a long way and makes them a lot of money. Middle schoolers, high-schoolers, college kids, teachers, babysitters, truck drivers; they’re all dying from being poisoned unknowingly by drugs made to look like a prescription pill.”
Senate Bill (SB) 350, also known as “Alexandra’s Law,” would have provided an advisory notifying convicted drug dealers their actions can kill. In court, it would serve as a warning that should they be convicted again and kill someone, prosecutors may charge them with manslaughter or murder. Known as a “Watson Advisory,” this notification is the same as that provided to people who kill someone in drunk driving cases.
“Today the Legislature had an opportunity to prevent future fentanyl deaths and instead chose to side with drug dealers,” said Melendez. Today’s outcome isn’t what the supporters of SB 350 or I wanted, but we’re not done fighting to ensure drug dealers are held accountable for the lives they take. This is only the beginning and the fight is not over.”