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.