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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 16, 2014 01:33 PM
From: Representative Dom Costa
To: All House members
Subject: Theft of Controlled Substances by Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters

In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation – House Bill 812 – which would provide for the dismissal of a law enforcement officer or firefighter from employment for the conviction of an offense related to the theft of a controlled substance.

Children and emergency victims look upon law enforcement officers and firefighters as role models, and most actions of emergency responders are heroic. However, scandalous acts of stealing controlled substances are inexcusable, especially since law enforcement officials and firefighters are provided with accessibility to controlled substances. It is my belief, as a state representative, that we must restrict these individuals from returning to a distinguishable career as a police officer or firefighter for the conviction of such offenses.

To address this issue, my legislation amends The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act by including two additional provisions in the law: Sections 23.1 (Law Enforcement Officer Dismissal) and 23.2 (Firefighter Dismissal). This legislation would require police officers and firefighters to be dismissed from employment for the conviction of acquiring, obtaining, or possessing a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.

I believe that my legislation would help hold law enforcement officers and firefighters accountable for their actions. Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as HB95