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Bill Detail: SB24-120

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Title Updates to the Crime Victim Compensation Act
Status Governor Signed (05/15/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
  • State Government
House Sponsors S. Bird (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
House Committee Finance
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 02/05/2024

The bill makes the following updates to the Crime Victim
Compensation Act (act):
  • Changes verbiage concerning an award of compensation to
approval of compensation for consistency with how crime
victim compensation programs operate;
  • Revises language to be gender neutral;
  • Changes the terminology for court administrator to court
executive to reflect the accurate position title as changed by
the state court administrator's office;
  • Includes state offenses specified in the Victim Rights Act
under the definition of compensable crime;
  • Includes as property damage expenses incurred for a motor
vehicle determined by law enforcement to be where a
compensable crime was committed;
  • Modifies the requirement to notify appropriate law
enforcement officials to be eligible to receive
compensation under the act by removing the 72-hour
requirement. The requirement is met if the victim or
applicant provides documentation that a forensic
examination was conducted by a licensed or registered
nurse or medical providers.
  • Modifies the requirement to fully cooperate with law
enforcement officials to be eligible to receive
compensation under the act to requiring the applicant to
have reasonably cooperated with law enforcement officials;
  • Removes the requirement that an application be submitted
within one year of the date of injury to the victim;
  • Removes outpatient care and homemaker and home health
services and adds replacement services losses, which is
defined in the bill, funeral expenses, certain travel
expenses, dependent care services, and certain relocation
services as losses compensable under the act;
  • Adds as compensable losses towing or impound fees for a
motor vehicle that is determined to be where a
compensable crime was committed and prosthetic or
medically necessary devices were damaged or stolen as a
result of a compensable crime;
  • Excludes property damage expenses and motor vehicle
expenses as losses compensable under the act except as
otherwise provided under the act;
  • Allows for emergency approvals to be made in an amount
according to a judicial district's crime victim compensation
board's policies instead of the $2,000 cap under existing
  • Increases the amount that district attorneys may retain from
money deposited in the judicial district's crime victim
compensation fund for administrative costs from 12.5% to
  • Levies a cost of $33 on each criminal action that results
with placement in an alternative sentencing program to be
credited to the crime victim compensation fund established
in the judicial district where the offense occurred; and
  • Removes the exception from the prohibition from a court
suspending or waiving a cost or surcharge levied under the
act if the court determines a defendant against a cost or
surcharge levied is indigent.

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