Pending Bills

H.1646 – FAMM’s repeal bill and summary, introduced by Rep. Benjamin Swan of Springfield. This bill would repeal mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses.  Building on the reforms of 2010 and 2012, it would also allow all drug offenders now serving mandatory minimums to be eligible for parole (after half the mandatory minimum for a particular offense), work release and earned good time. This bill has been assigned to the Judiciary Committee.

PLEASE NOTE: Our repeal bill from the previous session of the Legislature was somehow mistakenly filed, instead of the bill that FAMM drafted for the current session.  That’s why there is no link to the actual bill, to avoid confusion.   Both versions call for the repeal of mandatory minimums for drug offenses.  But they differ on parole eligibility for drug offenders now in prison. Last session’s version called for parole eligibility after a drug offender served two-thirds of his minimum sentence.  FAMM is now calling for parole eligibility at an earlier date, after a drug offender serves half of his minimum sentence.  When the Judiciary Committee holds its public hearing on our bills, we will clarify FAMM’s position. 

H.1645 – FAMM’s school zone bill and summary, introduced by Rep. Benjamin Swan of Springfield. This bill would repeal mandatory minimum sentences for school zone offenses, reduce the size of school zones to 100 feet (the same as for parks and playgrounds), allow school zone sentences to be served at the same time as another drug-related sentence, and make other reforms. We greatly appreciate Rep. Swan’s unwavering commitment to sentencing justice.  This bill has been assigned to the Judiciary Committee.

Other sentencing reform and drug-related bills.

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