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2013 House Bill 4139: Eliminate “peace bonds”
  1. Introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on January 30, 2013, to repeal a section of criminal law that authorizes a judge to order a “peace bond” from an individual who has threatened to commit an offense against the person or property of another. This is not the same as the much more common "personal protection orders" used in domestic violence, stalking and similar cases, and there are concerns that peace bonds have been used to abridge individuals' free speech rights.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on January 30, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on March 21, 2013, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  2. Passed 88 to 22 in the House on April 11, 2013, to repeal a section of criminal law that authorizes a judge to order a “peace bond” from an individual who has threatened to commit an offense against the person or property of another. This is not the same as the much more common "personal protection orders" used in domestic violence, stalking and similar cases, and there are concerns that peace bonds have been used to abridge individuals' free speech rights.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on April 16, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 16, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 9, 2013, with the recommendation that the bill pass.

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