House committee OKs bill targeting drug dealers, overdose deaths

House committee OKs bill targeting drug dealers, overdose deaths

The House Judiciary Committee OK’d a sweeping bill Thursday to broaden a law that allows prosecutors to pursue stiffer penalties against drug dealers whose product results in the death of a consumer.

Under state law, a drug dealer in Florida faces the possibility of death or life in prison if they sell a controlled substance that is deemed the “proximate cause” of an overdose death.

Prosecutors, however, often struggle with cases involving multiple controlled substances or alcohol.

The proposal (HB 95) — sponsored by Longwood Republican Sen. Scott Plakon — would allow authorities to levy a first degree murder charge if a controlled substance is instead considered a “substantial factor” in a...

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