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Bill Detail: SB20-221

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Title Gay Panic Or Transgender Panic Defense
Status Governor Signed (07/13/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors B. Titone (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
J. Tate (R)
House Committee Public Health Care and Human Services
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 06/08/2020
Description

The bill states that generally evidence relating to the discovery of,
knowledge about, or potential disclosure of the victim's actual or
perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual
orientation, including under circumstances in which the victim made an
unwanted nonforcible romantic or sexual advance toward the defendant
or if the defendant and victim are or have been involved in an intimate

relationship, is irrelevant in a criminal case and does not constitute
sudden heat of passion in a criminal case. The bill creates a protective
hearing if a party claims that such evidence is relevant and wants to use
it in a criminal case.

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