Substance abuse is a serious problem in all communities urban, suburban and rural. I have passed and supported legislation to prohibit K2 and Alcohol Without Liquid devises as well as Khat, a powerful drug that was imported form the Middle East.
Slavery and human trafficking may seem like an evil from a different age, but they still exist. This year we toughened penalties for ruthless human traffickers (HB214) both criminal and civil. Also a sheriff is now allowed to receive reimbursement from the state, subject to appropriations, for the actual costs of transporting a person to and from a mental health facility from a public or private hospital, a non-profit charitable organization, the state, or a political subdivision. And we extended the ban on texting while driving to all drivers regardless of age.