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S*0426 (Rat #0053, Act #0030 of 2015) General Bill, By Sheheen, Hayes, Malloy and Allen
Similar (S 0209, H 3412)
Summary: Mental Health Court Program Act
    AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, SO AS TO ENACT THE "MENTAL HEALTH COURT PROGRAM ACT"; BY ADDING CHAPTER 31 TO TITLE 14 SO AS TO ESTABLISH A MENTAL HEALTH COURT PROGRAM, TO PROVIDE FOR A SYSTEM THAT DIVERTS MENTALLY ILL OFFENDERS TO APPROPRIATE TREATMENT PROGRAMS RATHER THAN INCARCERATION, TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMS, TO PROVIDE FOR ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN MENTAL HEALTH COURT, TO PROVIDE THAT EXISTING MENTAL HEALTH COURTS ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT SHALL CONTINUE IN EXISTENCE, TO PROVIDE THAT EACH SOLICITOR MAY ESTABLISH A PROGRAM, TO PROVIDE FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR SERVICE AS A MENTAL HEALTH COURT JUDGE, TO PROVIDE THAT MENTAL HEALTH COURT JUDGES HAVE THE SAME PROTECTIONS FROM CIVIL LIABILITY AND IMMUNITY AS OTHER JUDICIAL OFFICERS IN THIS STATE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT SOLICITORS WHO ACCEPT STATE FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM MUST ESTABLISH THE PROGRAM WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS OF THE RECEIPT OF FUNDING. - ratified title
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02/05/15Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 6)
02/05/15Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 6)
02/09/15Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Massey (ch), Bennett, McElveen
03/18/15Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 12)
03/19/15 Scrivener's error corrected
03/26/15Senate Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 26)
03/26/15Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 26)
03/26/15Senate Roll call Ayes-41 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 26)
03/27/15 Scrivener's error corrected
03/31/15Senate Read third time and sent to House (Senate Journal-page 16)
04/14/15House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 32)
04/14/15House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 32)
05/06/15House Committee report: Favorable Judiciary (House Journal-page 36)
05/12/15House Read second time (House Journal-page 11)
05/12/15House Roll call Yeas-98 Nays-2 (House Journal-page 11)
05/13/15House Read third time and enrolled (House Journal-page 10)
05/28/15 Ratified R 53
06/01/15 Signed By Governor
06/04/15 Effective date 06/01/15
06/05/15 Act No. 30



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