H.R. 4547 (108th): Defending America’s Most Vulnerable: Safe Access to Drug Treatment and Child Protection Act of 2004

Jun 14, 2004 (108th Congress, 2003–2004)
Died (Referred to Committee)
James Sensenbrenner Jr.
Representative for Wisconsin's 5th congressional district
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Jun 14, 2004
25 pages
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H.R. 1528 (109th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Apr 06, 2005


This bill was introduced on June 14, 2004, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jun 14, 2004
Referred to Committee Jun 14, 2004
Full Title

To amend the Controlled Substances Act to protect vulnerable persons from drug trafficking, and for other purposes.


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20 cosponsors (20R) (show)

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Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

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Defending America's Most Vulnerable: Safe Access to Drug Treatment and Child Protection Act of 2004 - Amends the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to expand penalties for drug distribution to persons under age 21 and to cover attempts, conspiracy, and distribution, without regard to the type of controlled substance and schedule.
Modifies provisions regarding distributing or manufacturing drugs in or near schools to delete the "100 feet" limitation, to include public libraries and daycare facilities, and to increase imprisonment terms.
Increases or expands the scope of penalties regarding employing children to distribute drugs near schools and playgrounds, employing persons under age 18 in drug distribution, and distributing drugs to underage persons.
Directs the U.S. Sentencing Commission to amend the sentencing guidelines to: (1) increase base offense levels for drug-related offenses involving minors; and (2) provide for specified sentencing enhancements for persons possessing or brandishing a firearm.
Prohibits distributing or manufacturing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a drug treatment facility.
Modifies: (1) Federal criminal code provisions regarding the sentencing of a defendant who substantially assists the Government in an investigation and prosecution, and regarding detention prior to sentencing; and (2) the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure regarding the acceptance or rejection of plea agreements.
Amends the CSA to: (1) increase penalties for, and expand the scope of provisions regarding, endangering human life while illegally manufacturing a controlled substance; and (2) provide for life imprisonment without release for drug felons and violent criminals convicted a third time.

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