Important pieces of death penalty legislation that have recently passed or are currenty being considered. (DPIC welcomes additions and suggestions.)
- Research on the Death Penalty - A collection of research on capital punishment, sorted by issue.
- Death Penalty in Flux - Where executions are on hold
- Lethal Injection
- Death Penalty for Offenses Other Than Murder
- Other Sources
1. HB 216, SB 194- to streamline appeals (Fair Justice Act)
2. HB 218, SB 193- to allow the death penalty for murder at a school or daycare center
3. SB 244-Eliminate judges power to override a jury's recommendation for a life sentence.
4. HB 379 -Mandate secrecy for lethal injection process
Session begins Jan. 14. Both 1 & 2 passed House and Senate Judiciary Com.
4. Passed House Judiciary. Passed House (77-19). Amended in Sen. to allow disclosure to judge. DEFEATED in Senate, Apr. 3.
1. Bill proposed to expand list of aggravating factors, including causing death when smuggling
2. SCR 1002-Bill to amend constitution, repealing the death penalty
|1. Passed in House Judiciary Com. (7-1). Passed House 35-24.|
|District Attorneys have proposed a ballot initiative for 2014 that would curtail the appeals process||Financial impact being studied; sponsors would have to gather over 800,000 signatures to place on ballot|
1. SB 69 would limit death penalty appeals
2. HB 1197 would limit Gov.'s power to grant clemency.
1.Defeated in committee.
|Delaware||SB 19: Repeal bill carried over from 2013|
|Florida||HB 4011 would repeal death penalty|
|Georgia||Awaiting GA Sup Ct ruling on secrecy of lethal injection|
1. SB 126 would repeal the death penalty
Hearings Jan. 16; now concluded.
2. Passed Senate Judiciary Com. Senate gave preliminary approval Feb. 11.
|Kentucky||Bills introduced to repeal death penalty|
1.HB 71 would accelerate appeals
2. HB 328 would reinstate executions by electrocution
3. HB 278 allow death sentence for murder of a prison worker
|3. Passed out of committee. Passed House 73-19.|
1. Following repeal in 2013, proposed budget would include $500,000 to help murder victims' families
2. Bill to reinstate the death penalty for murder of a corrections officer
1. PASSED legislature; part of budget.
2. Defeated in committee 13-8.
1. Bill to impose a moratorium on executions
2. Bill to adopt the firing squad for executions
3. Bill to make lethal injection information more public
4. HB 644, SB 247 to repeal death penalty
5. Bill to allow Dept. of Corrections to select method of execution
6. HB 1855 would require faster setting of execution dates
|4. Referred to committee.|
|Nebraska||Repeal bill likely||Short session; bill may not be promoted this year|
|New Hampshire||HB 1170-Repeal bill - for future offenses||
House hearings in Crim. Justice & Pub. Safety Com. Jan. 16. Vote week of Feb. 10. Passed House Crim. Justice Com. Feb. 11 (14-3). Passed House of Rep. on Mar. 12 (225-104).
Hearings in Senate Judic. Com., Apr. 3. Committee voted 2-2, meaning bill will be sent to the Senate, but without a recommendation of passage. Vote likely Apr. 17. On Apr. 10, senator who was absent from committee vote voted for repeal, meaning that repeal was passed 3-2.
1. Moratorium on executions
2. Require governor and prisons' chief to be present for executions
3. HB 385 Repeal bill (introduced in Dec. 2013)
|South Dakota||Repeal bill introduced by Rep. Steve Hickey||Defeated in Committee 7-6 (Feb. 20)|
|Tennessee||HB 2476, SB 2580 would mandate the electric chair if lethal injection is unavailable.||House committe passed bill. Senate passed bill 23-3. House passed its bill on April 16 by 68-13. Warden would have to obtain permission from the governor to use the electric chair.|
1. HB 1052-Bill to establish electric chair as the method of execution if lethal injection drugs can not be found
2. Bill to eliminate any use of the electric chair in VA
|1. Passed House (64-32) on Jan. 22. Moves to Senate. Defeated in Senate (tie). On Feb. 6, on consideration of House bill, returned to committee (21-19), likely defeating the bill.|
|Washington||Repeal bill SB 1504 from last session likely to be again on the agenda|
|West Virginia||HB 2595 would reinstate death penalty|
1. Bill to establish firing squad as method of execution if drugs for lethal injection can't be found
2. HB 134 to repeal death penalty
1. Defeated in Senate.
|Federal||Carry over bill from 2013 to repeal federal death penalty|
|Colorado||Maryland||North Dakota||West Virginia|
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