Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 768 in Houston on Wednesday, which will increase penalties for the manufacturing and distribution of fentanyl in the state.
Under this law, the punishment for the manufacture or delivery of 4 to 200 grams of fentanyl will be a minimum of ten years in prison or a maximum of life imprisonment.
The minimum penalty increases to 15 years for an amount of 200 to 400 grams and to 20 years for an amount greater than 400 grams.
The governor was joined by Senator Joan Huffman and Crime Stoppers of Houston Deputy Director Nichole Christoph.
The bill’s co-author, Rep. Ann Johnson, will not be present because she is in Washington, DC, after a group of Democratic lawmakers fled the state in an attempt to block the passage of two bills, HB 6 and SB 7. , which seeks to significantly restrict the right to vote in that southern state.