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Lawmakers try again to pass bills aimed at violence and mental illness (access required)

Lawmakers try again to pass bills aimed at violence and mental illness <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Two bills aimed at getting dangerous mentally ill people off the street have passed their respective chambers. One addresses violent offenders being released because they cannot be restored to competency. The other allows a police officer to take a person who is a danger to himself or others into custody for a mental evaluation based on the observations of witnesses or the officer’s own observations.

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Bill would allow police to sue people who injure them on the job (access required)

A police union is pushing for a new law that would overturn years of legal precedent by allowing cops to sue people who caused them injuries on duty.

The proposed provision, found in SB1186, would end the state’s use of the “fireman’s rule,” a long held legal doctrine built on the premise that first responders such as police, firefighters and medics can’t sue the people who caused their injuries because they entered their risky professions voluntarily and are compensated by some public benefit like workers’ compensation.

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