Democrat Bill Reduces Penalties for Deadly Drugs

Democrats in Illinois have filed a bill that would reduce penalties for deadly drugs to Class A misdemeanor. Drug possession crimes covered in the Democrat-backed legislation include the possession of fentanyl, methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and heroin. House Democrats approved the measure, HB 3447, during the spring 2022 session. House Republicans voted unanimously against the measure, but with the approval of the majority party the measure was sent to the state Senate. The Senate is currently considering HB 3447; if the bill passes the Senate, only the signature of the governor will stand in the way of its becoming law.