- Associated Press - Thursday, May 29, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Assembly has approved legislation removing mandatory jail sentences for some drug offenders after rejecting an almost identical measure by a Republican gubernatorial candidate last week.

AB2492 advanced to the Senate Thursday on a 46-15 vote. It would remove a three-month jail mandate for those convicted of being under the influence of drugs.

The idea failed when presented by Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who is running for governor. He has criticized Gov. Jerry Brown’s realignment plan, which sends lower-level offenders to county jails instead of state prisons.

Democratic Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer of Los Angeles amended a public meetings bill to include the drug-sentencing provisions. He says it will reduce jail overcrowding and returns discretion to judges.

Donnelly says the ideas behind the bill are more important than who gets credit.

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