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HB 203/CI (BR 1087) - D. Floyd, J. Bell, G. Brown Jr., T. Burch, D. Butler, K. Flood, J. Miller, D. Owens, A. Simpson, D. St. Onge, D. Watkins, J. Wayne, S. Westrom, A. Wuchner

     AN ACT relating to the abolition of the death penalty.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 532 to abolish the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment without parole for inmates presently sentenced to death; amend KRS 532.030, relating to authorized dispositions for felony offenses, to remove the death penalty; amend KRS 533.010, relating to probation, to prohibit probation for a person sentenced to life without parole or life without parole for 25 years; amend KRS 640.040, relating to penalties for juveniles convicted of felony offenses, to prohibit life imprisonment without benefit of parole for a capital offense; amend KRS 422.285, 532.050, and 532.100 to conform; repeal various statutes relating to imposition of the death penalty.


     HFA1( D. Floyd ) - Remove all original provisions and create a new section of KRS Chapter 532 which requires the Commonwealth to produce biological evidence, a recorded confession, or a recording directly connecting the defendant to a capital offense prior to commencing a death penalty trial; require a jury or a judge in a bench trial to find that the Commonwealth proved facts which satisfy one or more of those evidentiary criteria beyond a reasonable doubt; amend KRS 532.075 to require Supreme Court review of a death sentence to include those evidentiary criteria.
     HFA2( D. Floyd ) - Make title amendment.

     Jan 08, 2016 - introduced in House
     Jan 11, 2016 - to Judiciary (H)
     Feb 08, 2016 - posted in committee
     Mar 14, 2016 - floor amendment (1) and (2-title) filed