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Bradenton senator's veterans support bill advances
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Bradenton senator's veterans support bill advances

BRADENTON, Fla.-- Certain Florida military veterans could get a break on their sentencing after committing a crime, according to a bill making its way through the state legislature.

Senate Bill 138, sponsored by Sen. Mike Bennett (R-Bradenton), allows veterans convicted of crimes resulting from post traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, or psychological problems stemming from their time in combat, may be given a hearing on those underlying issues before sentencing.

The bill also calls for veterans who are convicted due to those causes to possibly be placed in treatment programs, rather than probation or community service.

The bill passed the Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday.

"Veterans who have served and protected our country deserve our understanding and support," Bennett said, "this bill is a step in that direction."

Senators Don Gaetz and Paula Dockery are co-sponsors of the legislation.

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