Bill giving longer sentences to drug dealers headed to governor

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The Indiana Lawyer on 03/07/2016 by Marilyn Odendahl

A bill imposing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders has been approved by the Indiana Legislature and is expected to be signed by Gov. Mike Pence.

House Bill 1235, authored by Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Danville, would toughen some of the state’s criminal laws by requiring defendants convicted of dealing in controlled substances to serve at least 10 years in prison. The measure passed the Senate on March 1 by a 40-10 vote and sailed through the House of Representatives on March 4, 86-4.