Simmons Discusses Drug Laws With Governor
Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS met with New York's Governor GEORGE PATAKI on Tuesday (03JUN03) to discuss revising the state's drug laws.
Simmons has held a series of rallies in recent weeks to address the issue of the state's 30-year-old ROCKEFELLER laws, which require stiff mandatory sentences, even for first-time offenders.
He visited Albany on Tuesday to meet with legislators to advocate changes in the drug laws.
On 8 May (03) - the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the laws - the DEF JAM co-founder launched the COUNTDOWN TO FAIRNESS campaign, and set a 30-day timetable for their repeal.
Among those who have joined him in the fight are SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS, JAY-Z, NAS, 50 CENT, ERYKAH BADU, CARLY SIMON, the BEASTIE BOYS, BUSTA RHYMES and REDMAN, as well as actors SUSAN SARANDON and TIM ROBBINS.05/06/2003 02:16