Assault and battery; persons diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, etc. (SB453)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon) with support from co-patron Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Assault and battery; persons diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, or mental illness; penalties. Provides that any person charged with a simple assault and battery offense who has been diagnosed by a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist with an autism spectrum disorder, an intellectual disability, or serious mental illness and the violation was caused by or had a direct and substantial relationship to the person's disorder or disability shall not be subject to mandatory minimum punishment. Under current law, certain simple assault and battery offenses carry a mandatory minimum punishment when such offenses are committed against certain groups of people. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102307D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB453)
02/09/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/09/2022Reported from Judiciary with substitute (11-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Committee substitute printed 22106448D-S1
02/10/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Read second time
02/11/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106448D-S1
02/11/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB453S1
02/11/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB453S1)
02/14/2022Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Read first time
02/22/2022Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/22/2022Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/23/2022Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
03/08/2022Left in Courts of Justice