Recent Legislative Activity

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



 
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2017 - Proposed legislation
States with bills to abolish death penalty indicated with *

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State

Description

Status

Alabama

 

 

California*

 

 

Colorado

 

 

Delaware*

 

 

Florida

SB 280 would amend the death penalty statute declared unconstitutional in Hurst v. State to require a unanimous jury recommendation of death before the trial judge may impose the death penalty.

Bill filed 1/6/17.

Kansas*

 

 

Kentucky*

 

 

Louisiana

 

 

Mississippi

 

 

Missouri*

 

 

Nebraska

 

 

New Hampshire*

 

HB __ would expand the death penalty to include the murder of a child (not yet published)

 

New Mexico

Special Session H.B 7 to restore the state's death penalty still pending (see 2016 Legislation

The bill was introduced in a Special Legislative Session in October 2016 and was referred to the House Judiciary Committee, with amendments. It was reported out of committee on October 5, 2016, referred to the full House under controversial circumstances, and considered at 3:00 a.m. on October 6, 2016 (the final day of the special session) without advance notice to the Democratic members of the State House.

The bill PASSED the full House on a straight party-line vote of 36-30.

The State Senate adjourned without considering the bill during the Special Session. The bill may still be considered by the Senate when it reconvenes in January 2017.

Ohio*

 

 

Oklahoma

 

 

South Carolina

 

 

South Dakota*

 

 

Tennessee

HB 7 provides for automatic direct review by the Tennessee supreme court for convictions for which a sentence of death is imposed, and removing an intermediate level of direct appeal to the court of criminal appeals in death penalty cases.

Filed for introduction 1/5/17.

Texas*

 

 

Utah*

 

 

Virginia

 

 

 

Wyoming*

 

 

Additional resources: The National Conference of State Legislatures webpage on recent enactments of death penalty laws (2015 and 2016).


Legislation - Previous Years:

2016 Legislation
2014 Legislation
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