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Florida bill would take new look at drug crime sentencing

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Posted at 5:32 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 17:32:03-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida could ease penalties for possessing small amounts of drugs and eliminate some mandatory minimum sentences for drug dealers in certain circumstances.

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would take a new approach to drug sentencing.

The bill would give judges more discretion in sentencing all but the worst drug dealers.

People possessing small amounts of any drug other than fentanyl would face no more than 12 months in county jail.

Judges would no longer be bound to mandatory minimum sentences for people selling smaller amounts of drugs.