May 31, 2012(Key vote)
Title: Reduces Charges for Possession of Controlled Substances
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that reduces certain drug possession charges from a felony to a misdemeanor and increases drug program fees.
Reduces the classification of illegal possession of certain controlled substances to a misdemeanor with the following penalties (Secs. 1-3):
A jail term of up to 1 year; or
Specifies that the provisions of this bill apply to certain controlled substances including, but not limited to, the following (Secs. 1-3):
Certain hallucinogenic substances.
Increases drug program fees for illegal possession of certain controlled substances from $150 to no more than $500 for the first offense and no more than $1,500 for repeat offenses (Secs. 1-3).
Establishes the following drug program fees for defendants who are granted probation and who accept the terms of probation (Secs. 1-3):
$250 for the first offense; and
No more than $500 for repeat offenses.
Authorizes the jail administrator to release misdemeanor inmates prior to the completion of their sentence if there is a need for jail space and these inmates may be required to abide by certain conditions including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 6):
Completing his or her sentence on continuous electronic monitoring;