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2013 House Bill 4694: Authorize “mental health courts”
  1. Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on May 7, 2013, to authorize a type of alternative judicial proceeding for mentally disturbed or disabled individuals who commit minor crimes, similar to the state “drug courts” for minor drug use crimes. These “mental health” courts would allow dismissal of charges if the individual agrees to and abides by an agreement that includes a prescribed mental health treatment program. This bill establishes criteria for a defendant being allowed to participate; it is part of a package comprised of House Bills 4694 to 4697.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on May 7, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on September 12, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on September 18, 2013. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on September 18, 2013.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on September 18, 2013, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 18, 2013.
  2. Passed 104 to 0 in the House on September 19, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on September 24, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 24, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 7, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 10, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 10, 2013.
  4. Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 11, 2013.
  6. Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 12, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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