The Senate gave final passage Thursday to a bill designed to prevent releasing to the community sex offenders who are deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial. It would allow forcibly committing them to a mental hospital instead.
The Senate voted 29-0 to pass HB14, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.
The bill came in response to the case of Lonnie Johnson, a previously convicted sex offender who faces 20 new child sex abuse counts. Johnson was deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial and was released in April.