SB 589
Increases penalties for the distribution of heroin
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Last Action:
2/22/2018 - Voted Do Pass S Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2018

Current Bill Summary

SB 589 - Under current law, the distribution of heroin is not distinguished from the distribution of most other controlled substances, and is a Class C felony. This act provides that the distribution of any substance containing a detectable amount of heroin is a Class B felony.

This act provides that the distribution of heroin is a dangerous felony as defined by statute. Any offender who has been found guilty of a dangerous felony and is committed to the Department of Corrections shall be required to serve a minimum prison term of eighty-five percent of the sentence imposed by the court or until the offender attains seventy years of age, and has served at least forty percent of the sentence imposed, whichever occurs first.

This act is identical to SB 351 (2017).