Reforming New York's Strictest Drug Laws

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Governor Paterson says he's ready to reform the state's 34-year-old Rockefeller Drug Laws. He attended a rally today with other reform advocates.

Paterson is a long time backer of reforming the drug laws which mandates that judges sentence non-violent drug offenders to often lengthy prison terms.

He was even charged with civil disobedience for protesting the laws 7 years ago, outside the offices of then governor George Pataki, when Paterson was the senate democratic leader.

PATERSON: The same person who got arrested outside the governor's office in 2002 is now working in the governor's office to try to rid this state of of the Rockefeller Drug Laws.

REPORTER: The senate is now controlled by democrats for the first time in 4 decades, and many there back reforming the Rockefeller Drug Laws though they have not been able to coalesce around one bill yet.

The Assembly has already passed legislation.

In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.