Tougher drug penalties sought

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) In the Governor's proposed $34 million budget for public safety are new prosecutors and troopers but also a request to impose harsher penalties for certain drug crimes.

    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker proposed legislation that would stiffen the penalties for distributing larger quantities of drugs and would allow judges to consider out-of-state criminal histories when determining bail and release conditions.  Walker said current state law has little deterrent on those who try to import large amounts of drugs into the state.

    He also wants to give the state attorney general emergency powers to change regulations against controlled substances due to new ingredients or to combat new drugs entirely.

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