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BILL_SB186_BILL ANALYSIS AND FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT_October 17, 2011

BILL_SB186_BILL ANALYSIS AND FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT_October 17, 2011

  1. YIPMAN
    The Florida Senate

    BILL ANALYSIS AND FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT

    (This document is based on the provisions contained in the legislation as of the latest date listed below.)

    Prepared By: The Professional Staff of the Judiciary Committee

    BILL: SB 186
    INTRODUCER: Senators Ring and Bogdanoff
    SUBJECT: Misdemeanor Pretrial Substance Abuse Programs
    DATE: October 17, 2011

    I. Summary:

    The bill expands the pool of people who are eligible for admission into a misdemeanor pretrial substance abuse education and treatment intervention program. It does so by making the following changes to current law:

    >Removing the requirement that a person not have previously been admitted to a pretrial program in order to participate in a misdemeanor pretrial substance abuse education and treatment intervention program.

    >Eliminating the current restriction that only a person charged with misdemeanor drug or paraphernalia possession under ch. 893, F.S., may participate in a program. The bill retains that offense as an eligible category for participation, but it also adds that a person may participate if he or she is charged with a misdemeanor for:

    o A nonviolent, nontraffic-related offense and it is shown that the person has a substance abuse problem;
    o Prostitution;
    o Underage possession of alcohol; or
    o Possession of certain controlled substances without a valid prescription.

    This bill substantially amends section 948.16, Florida Statutes.