DE SB47 | 2019-2020 | 150th General Assembly


Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 8-5)
Status: Engrossed on May 16 2019 - 50% progression
Action: 2019-05-16 - Passed By Senate. Votes: 20 YES 1 ABSENT
Text: Latest bill text (Draft #1) [HTML]


This Act simplifies Delawares drug code with a goal of providing more fairness in its application. This Act removes geographic-based enhancements that disproportionately impact those living in urban areas as opposed to suburban and rural areas. This Act reduces the number of weight tiers from 5 to 3 with adjustments to accompanying sentences while retaining higher felony levels for weights that indicate drug dealing. This Act reflects the reality that the road to recovery from a drug addiction is difficult by removing automatic sentence enhancements based on prior drug offenses, and instead allowing discretion during sentencing to determine when a repeat offender requires substantive additional penalty.

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An Act To Amend Titles 11 And 16 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Controlled Substances.


Roll Calls

2019-05-16 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 20 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]


2019-05-16 Passed By Senate. Votes: 20 YES 1 ABSENT
2019-05-16 Amendment SA 1 to SB 47 - Passed By Senate. Votes: 19 YES 2 ABSENT
2019-05-15 Reported Out of Committee (Judicial) in Senate with 1 Favorable, 2 On Its Merits
2019-05-07 Introduced and Assigned to Judicial Committee in Senate

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