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Mental health bills, education measure on ‘Legislative Review’

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.

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