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HB 2355 - Reduces Criminal Charges for Drug Possession - Oregon Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Reduces Criminal Charges for Drug Possession

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (20-9) - (Key vote)
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Title: Reduces Criminal Charges for Drug Possession

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that reduces criminal charges for possessing a small amount of controlled substances including cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin.

Highlights:
  • Reduces criminal charges  for possessing a small amount of controlled substances including cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine from a felony to a misdemeanor (Secs. 12 - 14).
  • Specifies a maximum prison term of 364 days for drug-related misdemeanors committed by individuals under the age of 25 (Sec. 23).

  • Authorizes individuals convicted of drug-related misdemeanors to earn reduced probations (Sec. 19).

  • Specifies that the reduction in criminal charges does not apply in the following circumstances (Sec. 9):

    • If the possession is of a “usable quantity” and is a commercial drug offense;

    • If an individual has a prior felony conviction or at least 2 prior possession convictions; or

    • If an individual possesses more than the specified quantity of drugs.

  • Defines a “usable quantity” of a controlled substance as an amount that can be physically weighed on a measuring scale (Sec. 16)

  • Specifies that justice and municipal courts do not have jurisdiction over certain drug-related misdemeanors (Sec. 20).

  • Requires law enforcement agencies to begin recording officer-involved pedestrian and traffic stops (Sec. 2).

  • Requires law enforcement agencies to submit an annual report summarizing every complaint that alleges profiling (Sec. 5).

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (36-23) - (Key vote)
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Title: Reduces Criminal Charges for Drug Possession

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that reduces criminal charges for possessing a small amount of controlled substances including cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin.

Highlights:
  • Reduces criminal charges  for possessing a small amount of controlled substances including cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine from a felony to a misdemeanor (Secs. 12 - 14).
  • Specifies a maximum prison term of 364 days for drug-related misdemeanors committed by individuals under the age of 25 (Sec. 23).

  • Authorizes individuals convicted of drug-related misdemeanors to earn reduced probations (Sec. 19).

  • Specifies that the reduction in criminal charges does not apply in the following circumstances (Sec. 9):

    • If the possession is of a “usable quantity” and is a commercial drug offense;

    • If an individual has a prior felony conviction or at least 2 prior possession convictions; or

    • If an individual possesses more than the specified quantity of drugs.

  • Defines a “usable quantity” of a controlled substance as an amount that can be physically weighed on a measuring scale (Sec. 16)

  • Specifies that justice and municipal courts do not have jurisdiction over certain drug-related misdemeanors (Sec. 20).

  • Requires law enforcement agencies to begin recording officer-involved pedestrian and traffic stops (Sec. 2).

  • Requires law enforcement agencies to submit an annual report summarizing every complaint that alleges profiling (Sec. 5).

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Reduces Criminal Charges for Drug Possession

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