Posted: May 3, 2012 12:04 PM by Associated Press (SR)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Assembly has approved an extension of a law that allows courts to force people with mental illness into treatment.
AB1569 extends Laura's Law, which is set to expire next year, until 2017. The 2002 law allows courts to mandate treatment for people with severe mental illness and a history of violence.
Democratic Assemblyman Mike Allen of Santa Rosa said he sponsored the extension because Laura's Law is a necessary tool. Other lawmakers argued that compulsory treatment is counterproductive and a violation of personal rights.
The extension passed 65-3 Thursday and moves to the Senate.
The law is named for Laura Wilcox, who was 19 when she was shot to death in Nevada City by a man with untreated schizophrenia. Counties decide individually whether to implement it.
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