The committees to which the bills were referred received no written or oral testimony opposing the bills. More than 20 people, including law enforcement officers, a public-health researcher, physicians, nurses, social workers, former users and the loved ones of overdose victims, testified in favor of the bills. They poignantly highlighted that this evidence-based strategy has been shown to reduce opioid deaths and increase the likelihood that a person with opioid use disorder will seek treatment, would save $4 for every $1 spent and allow us to help people with addiction.
Despite this and without committee votes, the bills received “unfavorable reports” in their respective committees. (“Report” is a euphemism, by the way. There is no report, and no rationale is provided.) Why, one might ask? I think the answer is revealed in a quote in the article from a California state senator: “California legislators tend not to be intimidated by the Trump administration.”
Anne Wilson, Annapolis