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Lawmaker looks to crack down on drug dealers

Date: December 4, 2013
By: Hanna Battah
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
One Missouri lawmaker is looking to crack down on drug dealers this upcoming legislative session.
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Wrap: Democrat Jeff Roorda from Barnhart will introduce a measure that would make drug dealers guilty of first degree involuntary manslaughter if the illegal substance kills someone.

Roorda says he was moved to help young adults affected by drug abuse, titling his bill after a 24-year-old Leslie woman from Festus who died from a Heroine overdose in October.

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Description: Now it’s not heroine junkies in their forties or fifties overdosing, it’s kids trying it for their first time in their late teens, early twenties.

Roorda first introduced this bill in 2008.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hanna Battah.

 

Intro: 
After six years, one Missouri lawmaker is looking to reintroduce legislation that would punish drug dealers from substance overdoses.
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Wrap: Democrat Jeff Roorda from Barnhart wants to make drug dealers guilty of first degree involuntary manslaughter if the illegal substance kills someone.

In 2008, this bill didn't leave his committee. Now, he hopes legislators act on what he calls a "growing crisis."

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Description: The epidemic we have with Heroine overdoses in the St. Louis region is something that we don't talk about or think about often enough in the legislature.

Roorda titled the bill "Leslie's Law," after a 24-year-old woman from Festus who died from a drug overdose in October.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hanna Battah.


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