The House gave lopsided approval Wednesday to a bill that would allow chemical or physical castration as a punishment for some sex crimes.
On a 69-14 vote, House members approved Senate Bill 144 by Sen. Nick Gautreaux, D-Abbeville, sending it back to the Senate for approval of House committee changes.
As the bill left the House, the castration penalty was limited to a handful of crimes, not the wide range of sexual and nonsexual offenses it applied to when it left the Senate.
The bill would allow a judge to order a sex offender to be treated with chemical castration for a first offense and mandate the treatment for a second offense.
Court-appointed doctors would determine whether the individual is a “an appropriate candidate” for treatment with the sterilizing drug medroxyprogesterone acetate.
The sex offender could volunteer for physical castration and file a request with the court for the surgical procedure, along with a statement indicating that he “intelligently and knowingly” consents to the surgery.