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1 State of Arkansas
2 94th General Assembly A Bill
3 Regular Session, 2023 SENATE BILL 60
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5 By: Senator L. Chesterfield
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7 For An Act To Be Entitled
8 AN ACT TO ABOLISH THE PANIC DEFENSE; TO LIMIT
9 DEFENSES IN THE PROSECUTION OF VIOLENT CRIMES; AND
10 FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
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14 TO ABOLISH THE PANIC DEFENSE.
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17 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
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19 SECTION 1. Arkansas Code Title 5, Chapter 2, Subchapter 6, is amended
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21 5-2-623. Panic in response to victim's sexual orientation.
22 It is not a defense to a prosecution for a crime of violence that the
23 defendants conduct resulted from the discovery, knowledge, or disclosure of
24 the victims sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, gender
25 expression, or sex assigned at birth.
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