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CS/CS/SB 344: Justifiable Use or Threatened Use of Defensive Force

GENERAL BILL by Rules ; Criminal Justice ; Bradley ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Dean ; Evers ; Bean ; Simpson

Justifiable Use or Threatened Use of Defensive Force; Specifying that once a prima facie claim of self-defense immunity has been raised, the burden of proof shall be on the party seeking to overcome the immunity from criminal prosecution; entitling criminal defendants who successfully claim immunity to an award of specified costs, attorney fees, and related expenses if a court makes specified determinations; requiring reimbursements to be paid from the operating trust fund of the state attorney who prosecuted the defendant, etc.

Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Last Action: 3/11/2016 House - Died in Judiciary Committee
Location: In committee/council (JDC)
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF
Senate Committee References:
  1. Criminal Justice (CJ)
  2. Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice (ACJ)
  3. Rules (RC)



Bill History

Date Chamber Action
9/23/2015 Senate • Filed
10/6/2015 Senate • Referred to Criminal Justice; Judiciary; Rules -SJ 28
10/12/2015 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Criminal Justice, 10/20/15, 9:00 am, 37 Senate Office Building
10/20/2015 Senate • CS by Criminal Justice; YEAS 4 NAYS 1 -SJ 127
10/21/2015 Senate • Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute)
10/23/2015 Senate • Original reference(s) removed: Judiciary
• Remaining references corrected to Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; Rules -SJ 124
• Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice
11/9/2015 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice, 11/18/15, 10:00 am, 37 Senate Office Building
11/18/2015 Senate • Subcommittee Recommendation: Favorable by Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; YEAS 5 NAYS 1 -SJ 128
• Now in Rules -SJ 128
11/23/2015 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Rules, 12/03/15, 1:00 pm, 110 Senate Office Building
12/3/2015 Senate • CS/CS by- Rules; YEAS 12 NAYS 0 -SJ 128
12/7/2015 Senate • Pending reference review -under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute)
• Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading -SJ 128
1/12/2016 Senate • Introduced -SJ 28
• CS by Criminal Justice read 1st time -SJ 112
• CS/CS by Rules read 1st time -SJ 112
1/19/2016 Senate • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 01/21/16
1/21/2016 Senate • Read 2nd time -SJ 235
• Placed on 3rd reading
1/28/2016 Senate • Read 3rd time -SJ 266
• CS passed; YEAS 24 NAYS 12 -SJ 266
2/2/2016 House • In Messages
2/12/2016 House • Referred to Judiciary Committee -HJ 455
• Received -HJ 455
3/11/2016 House • Died in Judiciary Committee