Various Bills in Congress.... Could be of interest!

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Various Bills in Congress.... Could be of interest!

Post  Yoke on Wed May 13, 2009 11:04 am

H.R. 1466, the Major Drug Trafficking Prosecution Act of 2009
On March 12, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) introduced H.R. 1466, the “Major Drug Trafficking Prosecution Act of 2009.’’ The bill would eliminate all mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses; curb federal prosecutions of low-level drug offenders; and allow courts to place offenders on probation or suspend their sentence.

In a speech to Congress, Rep. Waters cited “Correcting Course: Lessons from the 1970 Repeal of Mandatory Minimums,” FAMM’s 2008 report on how Congress first enacted mandatory drug sentences in the 1950s, then repealed them 20 years later because they failed to reduce drug trafficking.

Click here to read the bill summary, see cosponsors and get other information on this bill.
http://capwiz.com/famm/issues/bills/?bill=12908806

H.R. 1459, the Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act of 2009
On March 12, Congressman Robert "Bobby" C. Scott (D-Va.), introduced H.R. 1459, the "Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act of 2009." The bill would eliminate the distinction between powder cocaine and crack cocaine; eliminate all mandatory minimum sentences for cocaine, and establish the possibility of probationary sentences for cocaine offenders.

Click here to read the bill summary, see cosponsors and get other information on this bill.
http://capwiz.com/famm/issues/bills/?bill=12908881

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