Florida Senate - 2017                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 150
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/03/2017           .                                

       The Committee on Criminal Justice (Bracy) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (423494) (with directory and
    2  title amendments)
    4         Between lines 1523 and 1524
    5  insert:
    6         (8) For an offense listed under this section committed on
    7  or after October 1, 2017, which carries a mandatory minimum
    8  sentence, a court may depart from the applicable mandatory
    9  minimum sentence if, in giving due regard to the nature of the
   10  crime, history, and character of the defendant, and the
   11  defendant’s chances of successful rehabilitation, the court
   12  finds compelling reasons on the record that imposition of the
   13  mandatory minimum is not necessary for the protection of the
   14  public. Each month, a court shall submit to the Office of
   15  Economic and Demographic Research of the Legislature the written
   16  reasons in each case in which the court departed from the
   17  mandatory minimum sentence.
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   20  And the directory clause is amended as follows:
   21         Delete lines 1189 - 1191
   22  and insert:
   23         Section 6. Paragraphs (c), (d), and (k) of subsection (1)
   24  of section 893.135, Florida Statutes, are amended, and
   25  paragraphs (m) and (n) are added to that subsection, and a new
   26  subsection (8) is added to that section, to read:
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   29  And the title is amended as follows:
   30         Between lines 2532 and 2533
   31  insert:
   32         authorizing a court to depart from a mandatory minimum
   33         sentence for drug trafficking if the court finds
   34         compelling reasons that the mandatory minimum sentence
   35         is not necessary for the protection of the public;
   36         requiring a court to submit written reasons for such
   37         departure to the Office of Economic and Demographic
   38         Research;