Archive for Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Drug sentencing measure among others approved

April 22, 2003


— Bills revising state laws on drug sentences and recall elections were among several signed Monday by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

The sentencing measure provides an alternative to prison in some cases of simple drug possession. Judges would place qualified offenders in community treatment programs, which could include faith-based programs.

People with prior convictions for selling or manufacturing drugs or with violent histories would be ineligible.

Changes in the recall law were prompted partly by a court decision in which a Pottawatomie County judge said the existing law was vague.

Also signed into law Monday were bills that:

l Let cities annex territory from inactive military installations. The measure could help DeSoto annex land from the closed, 9,000-acre Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.

l Allow utilities to charge consumers for the costs of increased security.

l Allow judges to impound a person's motor vehicle for up to a year upon a second conviction of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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