Senators Lee and Marble, co-prime sponsors, explained HB 19-1263, concerning changing the penalty for certain violations pursuant to the "Uniform Controlled Substances Act of 2013," and in connection therewith, making and reducing an appropriation.
Senator Lee discussed the necessity of the bill. He discussed prison and jail over-crowding and the importance of drug treatment and sentencing options.
Senator Marble explained that the bill is a paradigm shift in the way the criminal justice system looks at drug possession. She discussed how the bill distinguishes between first time and second time users and creates a local grant program for substance use or mental health treatment diversion programs.
Committee members discussed incentives, felony case filings, and diversion programs.