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HB 837: Cold Case Murders

GENERAL BILL by Benjamin

Cold Case Murders; Requires law enforcement agencies to review certain cold cases upon receiving written application from designated person & make specified determination; provides requirements for such reviews; requires law enforcement agencies to conduct full reinvestigation of cold case; provides requirements for such reinvestigations; requires certain procedures to ensure compliance; requires law enforcement agencies to provide specified training; requires law enforcement agencies to provide written confirmation of receipt of application; requires written explanation of reason or reasons for denial; provides timeframe & notice requirements; requires law enforcement agencie to report certain data to Global Forensic & Justice Center at FIU; requires coordination between law enforcement agencies if more than one law enforcement agency conducted initial investigation;; authorizes medical examiner to issue death certificates with nonspecific causes of death & manner of murder.

Effective Date: 7/1/2025
Last Action: 3/8/2024 House - Died in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF

Bill History

Date Chamber Action
12/12/2023 House • Filed
12/27/2023 House • Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee
• Referred to Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
• Referred to Judiciary Committee
• Now in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
1/9/2024 House • 1st Reading (Original Filed Version)
3/8/2024 House • Died in Criminal Justice Subcommittee