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HB 527: Sentencing for Capital Felonies

GENERAL BILL by Sprowls ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Cortes, B. ; Gonzalez ; Plakon

Sentencing for Capital Felonies; Requires jury's recommendation of sentence of death to be unanimous; requires jury to recommend life imprisonment without possibility of parole if jury does not unanimously recommend sentence of death.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Last Action: 3/10/2017 House - Laid on Table, companion bill(s) passed, see SB 280 (Ch. 2017-1) -HJ 343
Bill Text: PDF

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  • Bill History

    Date Chamber Action
    1/24/2017 House • Filed
    2/6/2017 House • Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee -HJ 69
    2/8/2017 House • On Committee agenda-- Criminal Justice Subcommittee, 02/15/17, 9:00 am, Sumner Hall
    2/15/2017 House • Favorable by Criminal Justice Subcommittee; YEAS 14 NAYS 0 -HJ 271
    • Now in Judiciary Committee -HJ 271
    • On Committee agenda-- Judiciary Committee, 02/21/17, 4:00 pm, Sumner Hall
    2/21/2017 House • Favorable by- Judiciary Committee; YEAS 17 NAYS 1 -HJ 272
    • Placed on Calendar -HJ 272
    3/6/2017 House • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/09/17
    3/7/2017 House • Introduced -HJ 69
    3/9/2017 House • Read 2nd time -HJ 323
    • Placed on 3rd reading -HJ 343
    3/10/2017 House • Substituted SB 280 -HJ 343
    • Laid on Table, companion bill(s) passed, see SB 280 (Ch. 2017-1) -HJ 343

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  • HB 527, Original Filed Version (Current Bill Version) Posted 1/24/2017 at 12:45 PM

    Bill Text:   PDF
    Analyses:   Criminal Justice Subcommittee (Post-Meeting) 4/27/2017 (pdf)
    Judiciary Committee (Post-Meeting) 2/21/2017 (pdf)

    Related Bills (1)

    Bill Number Subject Filed By Relationship Learn more about bill relationships Last Action and Location Track Bills
    S 280 (er) Sentencing for Capital Felonies Bracy Similar Last Action: 3/14/2017 Chapter No. 2017-1

    Citations - Statutes (6)

    Citation Catchline Location in Bill Location In Bill Help
    775.082 Penalties; applicability of sentencing structures; mandatory minimum sentences for certain reoffenders previously released from prison. Page 3 (pdf)
    782.04 Murder. Page 3 (pdf)
    794.011 Sexual battery. Page 4 (pdf)
    893.135 Trafficking; mandatory sentences; suspension or reduction of sentences; conspiracy to engage in trafficking. Page 4 (pdf)
    921.141 Sentence of death or life imprisonment for capital felonies; further proceedings to determine sentence. Page 1 (pdf)
    921.142 Sentence of death or life imprisonment for capital drug trafficking felonies; further proceedings to determine sentence. Page 2 (pdf)

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