On Thursday’s “Legislative Review,” we have details about a couple mental health bills considered in the House Judiciary committee. One would speed up the implementation of an involuntary commitment law that the Legislature passed three years ago, but never funded. Another bill aims to break the backlog of people waiting in jail for competency exams to stand trial. Counties that are falling behind on evaluations would be allowed to hire outside experts to conduct the exams, at an estimated cost of $800 per evaluation. The state would reimburse counties for the cost. Plus, we have details on an education bill that is designed to boost student performance.
On Tuesday’s “Legislative Review,” we have details about a bill that would accelerate the implementation of the state’s involuntary commitment law. In 2010, the state Legislature passed a law making it easier to commit dangerous people with mental illnesses. But it never got funded. The measure discussed Wednesday would provide funding and move up the implementation date to next year.
We also cover Senate floor action, as well as a public hearing over a measure that would prohibit the state’s ferry department from designing boats in the future.