81st Texas Legislature, Senate Bill 1557, Chapter 1228 Page: 1 of 8
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S.B. No. 1557
relating to the early identification of criminal defendants who are
or may be persons with mental illness or mental retardation.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Article 16.22, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
amended to read as follows:
Art. 16.22. EARLY IDENTIFICATION [E AMINATION AND
-TRANSL-R] OF DEFENDANT SUSPECTED OF HAVING MENTAL ILLNESS OR MENTAL
RETARDATION. (a) (1) Not later than 72 hours after receiving
credible information [evidenc e or a statement] that may establish
reasonable cause to believe that a defendant committed to the
sheriff's custody has a mental illness or is a person with mental
retardation, including observation of the defendant's behavior
immediately before, during, and after the defendant's arrest and
the results of any previous assessment of the defendant, the
sheriff shall provide written or electronic notice of the
information to the notifyy a] magistrate [cf that fact] . [A
a need for referral fr further mental health or mentl redation
cause exists to believe the defeonda:n t has a me%:n.tal ill:s :r is a
.prson Ni0 mntl reta onL &] On a determination that there is
reasonable cause to believe that the defendant has a mental illness
or is a person with mental retardation, the magistrate, except as
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Texas. Legislature. Senate. 81st Texas Legislature, Senate Bill 1557, Chapter 1228, legislative document, June 19, 2009; [Austin, Texas]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth149394/m1/1/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.