Bill Proposes Enhanced Penalties for Drug Dealers Near Homeless Resource Sites

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah)  A House Democrat recently presented a bill that would enhance penalties for drug dealers around homeless resource sites. 
Representative Joel Briscoe’s bill makes selling or distributing illegal drugs within 100 feet of a homeless resource center a felony. 
He says the concerns people have voiced are valid and that lawmakers need to do what they can to protect the homeless from being preyed upon by criminals. 
“We’re getting serious about weeding out and trying to shut down and send a message to people that we want these places safe and don’t come here to sell your drugs,” said Representative Joel Briscoe, (D).
Representative Briscoe’s bill passed the House political subdivisions committee unanimously. 

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