Recent Legislative Activity

Important pieces of death penalty legislation that have recently passed or are currenty being considered. (DPIC welcomes additions and suggestions.)


Results of the New Jersey Assembly vote on December 13, 2007.
On third reading, abolition of death penalty was passed 44-36.
Legislative News (articles) - Current Year
Legislative News (articles) - 2014 2013  2012   2011   2010   2009  2008
Legislation - 2015
Legislation - Previous Years

2015 - Proposed legislation

State Description Status
Alabama Bill to reinstate the electric chair as a mandatory form of execution  
Florida 1. HB 4003 would require identification of those participating in executions
2. HB 139 would require a unanimous jury verdict for a death sentence
Idaho Bill would require secrecy for the source of lethal injection durgs  
Indiana 1. SB 136 would abolish the death penalty
2. Bill would allow death penalty for a murder with a beheading
3. SB 385 would allow death penalty for a murder connected to a school shooting
2. PASSED Senate 45-4
Maine Bill to reinstate the death penalty for the murder of a child involving sexual abuse  
Missouri SB 240 would authorize a cost study of the state's death penalty  
Montana Bill to abolish the death penalty to be introduced  
Nebraska LB 268 would abolish the death penalty (Sen. Ernie Chambers' bill)  
Wyoming 1. Bill to reinstate the firing squad as a method of execution
2. HB 97 would abolish the death penalty
1. Passed Senate on Jan. 16

Legislation - Previous Years:
2014 Legislation
2013 Legislation
2012 Legislation
2011 Legislation

 For Years Prior to 2007, see below:
Alabama Iowa New Hampshire Texas
Alaska Kansas New Jersey Utah
Arizona Kentucky New Mexico Vermont
Arkansas Louisiana New York Virginia
California Maine North Carolina Washington
Colorado Maryland North Dakota West Virginia
Connecticut Massachusetts Ohio Wisconsin
Delaware Michigan Oklahoma Wyoming
Florida Minnesota Oregon  
Georgia Mississippi Pennsylvania  
Hawaii Missouri Rhode Island  
Idaho Montana South Carolina  
Illinois Nebraska South Dakota  
Indiana Nevada Tennessee *Federal

Other Sources:

2008 Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment

For information on legislative changes proposed or enacted as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Ring v. Arizona, see DPIC's Web page, U.S. Supreme Court: Ring v. Arizona