Persons acquitted by reason of insanity; evaluation. (HB53)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Persons acquitted by reason of insanity; evaluation. Provides that a court may authorize a person acquitted of a crime by reason of insanity to be evaluated for commitment or release with or without conditions on an outpatient basis. The bill provides that if a court authorizes an outpatient evaluation, the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services shall determine whether to conduct the evaluation on an outpatient basis or to confine the person to a hospital for the purpose of such evaluation. The bill also provides that the evaluation shall be conducted in a hospital if the court does not authorize an outpatient evaluation. Under current law, the person acquitted must be confined to a hospital for the purpose of such evaluation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/01/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100446D
12/01/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB53)
01/19/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/24/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Committee substitute printed 18105885D-H1
01/31/2018Read first time
02/01/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB53H1)
02/01/2018Read second time
02/01/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105885D-H1
02/01/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB53H1
02/02/2018Read third time and passed House (96-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/02/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2018Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Read third time
02/14/2018Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB53ER)
02/16/2018Signed by Speaker
02/19/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB53ER)
02/19/2018Signed by President
02/19/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 19, 2018
02/19/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 26, 2018
02/26/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 16 (effective 7/1/18)
02/26/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0016)