Defendants; disposition of unrestorably incompetent, capital murder. (SB1231)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Incompetent defendants; capital murder. Provides that when a defendant charged with capital murder is determined to be unrestorably incompetent, the court may order that the defendant receive continued treatment to restore competency provided that hearings be held at yearly intervals for five years and at biennial intervals thereafter, or at any time that the director of the treating facility or his designee submits a competency report to the court that the defendant's competency has been restored. Under current law, hearings are held every six months for an incompetent defendant receiving treatment to restore competency. The bill also provides that no unrestorably incompetent defendant charged with capital murder shall be released except pursuant to a court order. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/04/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103597D
01/04/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2019Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/22/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2019Read second time and engrossed
01/24/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1231)
01/24/2019Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2019Placed on Calendar
01/29/2019Read first time
01/29/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
02/18/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Committee substitute printed 19107277D-H1
02/19/2019Read second time
02/20/2019Read third time
02/20/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19107277D-H1
02/20/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1231H1
02/20/2019Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/20/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019House substitute agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Title replaced 19107277D-H1
02/23/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1231ER)
02/23/2019Signed by President
02/23/2019Signed by Speaker
02/26/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1231ER)
03/04/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 4, 2019
03/04/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/21/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 797 (effective 7/1/19)
03/25/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 797 (effective 7/1/19)
03/25/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0797)