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2013 House Bill 4697: Authorize “mental health courts”
  1. Introduced by Rep. Margaret O'Brien (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 a prescribed mental health treatment program. This bill would require the state court administrative office to establish standards for such courts, and reporting requirements for the courts themselves; 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 passed by voice vote in the House on September 18, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on September 18, 2013. The amendment 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 bill pass.
  4. Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 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 a prescribed mental health treatment program. This bill would require the state court administrative office to establish standards for such courts, and reporting requirements for the courts themselves; it is part of a package comprised of House Bills 4694 to 4697.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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