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2017 Senate Bill 73: Repeal life without parole for some cocaine sale crimes
Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on January 31, 2017 To revise a law that authorized a mandatory life sentence for possessing or selling large quantities of cocaine or other "hard" drugs. This bill would change the law to instead authorize twice the usual drug trafficking sentence for these crimes. Senate Bill 72 would make prisoners convicted of these offenses eligible for parole after serving five years in prison.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 31, 2017
Reported in the Senate on March 16, 2017 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on September 20, 2017.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To revise a law that authorized a mandatory life sentence for possessing or selling large quantities of cocaine or other "hard" drugs. This bill would change the law to instead authorize twice the usual drug trafficking sentence for these crimes. Senate Bill 72 would make prisoners convicted of these offenses eligible for parole after serving five years in prison.
Received in the House on September 20, 2017
Referred to the House Law and Justice Committee on September 20, 2017

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