Crime Victims Protection Act Passes in Arizona Senate

Crime Victims Protection Act Passes in Arizona Senate

Arizona Citizens Defense League
Arizona Citizens Defense League

Catalina, AZ –-( Good news! SCR 1020, the AzCDL-requested “Crime Victims Protection Act of 2012” passed out of the Senate by a 21-9 vote on Tuesday, February 22nd.

That same day, it was sent over to the House for committee assignment, hearings and votes.

SCR 1020 is a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would protect crime victims from law suits by those who harm them. Assuming it passes out of the legislature, SCR 1020 will be sent to the Secretary of State to be placed on the ballot.

Currently, Article 2, Section 31 and Article 18, Section 6, of the Arizona Constitution, prohibit the passing of any laws that limit the ability of a person to recover damages for death or personal injury. Unfortunately, that means if you are forced to defend yourself or your loved ones with physical force, there is nothing in the law that prevents your attacker from suing you.

The proposed Constitutional Amendment would add exceptions from the “right to sue” for crime victims being sued for damages by their attackers who sustain harm when engaging in a felony offense.

Stay tuned! When critical legislation moves, we will notify you via these Alerts.

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