The state Senate on Thursday gave final legislative approval to a measure that would eliminate mandatory 90-day jail sentences for some drug crimes while supporters fended off an attempted hostile amendment to oppose the state cap-and-trade program.
The measure, which now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration, would apply to those with a first-time conviction for being under the influence of specified controlled substances.
The measure is aimed at diverting more drug users to rehabilitation programs, according to Sen.
AB 2492 by Assemblyman Reginald Jones Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) passed on a 21-11 vote after Republicans made an unsuccessful attempt to amend the bill to stop the state's cap-and-trade program.
Sen. Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) proposed the amendment, which would have eliminated all of the bill language on drug sentences. He said the cap-and-trade program will drive up gas prices.