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SB 649 - Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors - Key Vote

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Curren Price, Jr. voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -

Title: Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (24-14) - (Key vote)

Title: Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that classifies the possession of a narcotic as a misdemeanor.

Highlights:

  • Limits the penalty for an individual found unlawfully possessing certain controlled substances to no more than 1 year of imprisonment in the county jail (Sec. 1). 
  • Authorizes the presiding judge to assess against an individual a fine not to exceed $70, in addition to any punishment provided under the condition that the court takes into consideration the defendant’s ability to pay (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits a court from denying probation to an individual who is unable to pay the fine permitted by this act (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a court to grant probation pursuant to a felony conviction with the following conditions (Sec. 1):
    • For the first offense, a fine of at least $1000 or community service;
    • For the second offence and thereafter, a fine of at least $2000 or community service; or
    • For each of the offenses, community service in lieu of a fine if the individual does not have the ability to pay the minimum fine specified. 
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (41-31) - (Key vote)

Title: Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that classifies certain drug infractions as misdemeanors.

Highlights:

  • Limits the penalty for an individual found unlawfully possessing certain controlled substances to no more than 1 year of imprisonment in the county jail (Sec. 1). 
  • Authorizes the presiding judge to assess against an individual a fine not to exceed $70, in addition to any punishment provided under the condition that the court takes into consideration the defendant’s ability to pay (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits a court from denying probation to an individual who is unable to pay the fine permitted by this act (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a court to grant probation pursuant to a felony conviction with the following conditions (Sec. 1):
    • For the first offense, a fine of at least $1000 or community service;
    • For the second offence and thereafter, a fine of at least $2000 or community service; or
    • For each of the offenses, community service in lieu of a fine if the individual does not have the ability to pay the minimum fine specified. 
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (23-14) - (Key vote)

Title: Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that classifies certain drug infractions as misdemeanors.

Highlights:
  • Classifies the possession of a narcotic as a misdemeanor punishable by no more than 1 year in a county jail, whereas existing law classifies the possession of a narcotic as a felony punishable by no more than 3 years in a county jail (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Classifies Certain Drug Infractions as Misdemeanors

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