Recent Legislative Activity

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



 
Legislative News (articles) - Current Year
 
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Legislation - 2019
 
Legislation - Previous Years

2019 - Proposed legislation
States with bills to abolish death penalty indicated with *

State Description Status Dates of current legislature^

Alabama

 

 

March 25, 2019-May 23, 2019

Arizona

 

 

January 14, 2019-May 11, 2019

Arkansas

 

 

January 14, 2019-May 2, 2019

California

 

 

December 3, 2018-November 30, 2020

Colorado

 

 

January 4, 2019-May 11, 2019

Florida

 

 

March 5, 2019-May 3, 2019

Georgia

 

 

January 14, 2019-March 20, 2020

Idaho

 

 

January 7, 2019-March 30, 2019

Indiana*

SB 301 would abolish the death penalty and resentence those currently on death row to life without possibility of parole.

Introduced on January 7, 2019 and referred to the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law.

January 3, 2019-April 21, 2019

Kansas

 

 

January 14, 2019-April 21, 2020

Kentucky*

1. BR 69 would exempt people with serious mental illness from execution. 

2. HB 115 would abolish the death penalty and convert all current death sentences to sentences of life without parole.

1. Prefiled August 31, 2018

2. Introduced January 8, 2019

January 8, 2019-March 30, 2019

Louisiana

 

 

April 8, 2019-June 6, 2019

Mississippi

 

 

January 8, 2019-March 30, 2019

Missouri

 

 

January 9, 2019-May 31, 2019

Nebraska

 

 

January 9, 2019-April 15, 2020

Nevada

 

 

February 4, 2019-June 4, 2019

New Hampshire*

HB 455 would abolish the death penalty.

Introduced on January 3, 2015 and referred to the House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

January 2, 2019-June 30, 2019

North Carolina

    January 16, 2019-June 30, 2020

Ohio

    January 7, 2019-December 31, 2020

Oklahoma

    February 5, 2019-May 25, 2020

Oregon

    January 14, 2019-June 1, 2019

Pennsylvania

    January 1, 2019-November 30, 2020

South Carolina*

1. H 3301 & S 0176 would make electrocution the default method of execution, but would allow prisoners to select execution by lethal injection if lethal injection is available.

2. H 3354 would prevent disclosure of identities of members of the execution team, including providers of lethal-injection drugs or medical supplies.

3. S 0047 would abolish the death penalty and life without parole for juvenile offenders. (Juvenile offenders are ineligible for the death penalty under the U.S. Supreme Court's 2005 ruling in Roper v. Simmons.)

4. S 0058 would abolish the death penalty.

1. H 3301 prefiled and referred to the House Committee on Judiciary, December 18, 2018. S 0176 prefiled and referred to the Senate Committee on Corrections and Penology, December 12, 2018.

2. Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary, December 18, 2018.

3. Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary, December 12, 2018.

4. Prefiled and referred to the Committee on Judiciary, December 12, 2018.

January 8, 2019-June 8, 2020

South Dakota

    January 8, 2019-March 29, 2019

Tennessee

    January 8, 2019-May 8, 2020

Texas*

1. SB 294/HB 246 would abolish the death penalty

2. HB 221 would change the standards for attorneys representing indigent defendants in capital cases.

3. SB 246 changes the membership of the capital and forensic writs committee. 

1. Senate version filed January 3, 2019, House version filed November 12, 2018.

2. Filed November 12, 2018.

3. Filed December 14, 2018.

January 8, 2019-May 27, 2019

Utah

    January 28, 2019-March 14, 2019

Virginia

SB 1137 would exempt people with serious mental illness from the death penalty. Prefiled December 30, 2018. PASSED Senate Courts of Justice Committee (8-6) on January 14, 2019. January 9, 2019-March 9, 2019

Wyoming*

HB 145 would repeal the death penalty and replace it with a maximum sentence of life without parole. Introduced January 15, 2019. January 8, 2019-March 9, 2019

Federal

HR 99 would provide additional aggravating factors for the imposition of the death penalty based on the status of the victim.   January 3, 2019-October 30, 2020

Additional resources: The National Conference of State Legislatures webpage on recent enactments of death penalty laws (2015—2017).

^Some states carry over bills between years, while others start anew each year. The dates listed may include multiple legislative sessions in which bills can be carried over.



Legislation - Previous Years:

2018 Legislation
2017 Legislation
2016 Legislation
2015 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:

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