Legislative Activity - Missouri

  • Missouri became the 16th state to ban the execution of inmates with mental retardation. The Missouri bill, signed by Gov. Bob Holden on July 2, but not effective until August 28, is not retroactive to those currently on death row. However, the governor indicated he would consider commuting the death sentences of those who meet the law's definition for retardation. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, AP, 7/2/01).