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CS/CS/HB 1069 — Defendants in Specialized Courts

by Judiciary Committee; Criminal Justice Subcommittee; and Rep. Perry and others (CS/SB 1170 by Fiscal Policy Committee and Senator Bradley)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Judiciary Committee (JU)

The bill authorizes cases pending in a veterans’ court or a mental health court to be transferred to another county. The bill also defines the term “problem-solving court” to include drug courts, veterans’ courts, and mental health courts. Specialty drug courts, veterans’ courts, and mental health courts already exist in a number of circuits around the state.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2015.

Vote: Senate 40-0; House 116-0