Waldstreicher is hopeful his bill will be given a vote, and if it is, he says, it’s likely to pass. “The Judiciary Committee has traditionally been a difficult committee to pass any legislative initiative out of because there is always a strong worry about unintended consequences, one that I share,” he says. “We get a lot of big bills, 20-page, 40-page bills. This bill is a sentence. It’s drafted gracefully, narrowly, and carefully.” Griffin says as long as judges have discretion to craft sentences, bills such as this one are entirely appropriate.