Otter says he favored bill to ease some mandatory minimum drug sentences; bill passed House, died without vote in Senate

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Among the revelations at Gov. Butch Otter’s post-legislative session press conference today: Otter supported HB 581, the bipartisan bill to allow Idaho judges to vary from current mandatory minimum sentences for drug possession, which are now based solely on the amount of drugs involved, in cases where the judge finds that following them would create a “manifest injustice” and the mandatory minimum is “not necessary for the protection of the public.”  The bill passed the House 46-20 after a stormy debate and two lengthy committee hearings with lots and lots of testimony on both sides. But in the Senate, the measure received only an informational hearing in committee and no vote. Otter said today, “I sat down with the sponsors of the bill. As we...

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Otter says he favored bill to ease some mandatory minimum drug sentences; bill passed House, died without vote in Senate

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