House Judiciary Commmittee Passes Bill to Equalize Cocaine Penalties
Last week, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 3245, Rep. Bobby Scott's bill to equalize crack and powder cocaine penalties and eliminate the 5 year mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of crack.
Today, the full House Judiciary Committee passed the bill, by a vote of 16 to 9. This is the good bill -- other versions would equalize the penalties but also add new crimes and throw more money into the War on Drugs.
The bill will now go to the full House for a vote. Let's hope it passes without Amendments (unless it's one that would make it retroactive.)
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