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SB 961 - Expanding Death Penalty Eligibility to Accomplices - Key Vote

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Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -

Title: Expanding Death Penalty Eligibility to Accomplices

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (74-26) - (Key vote)

Title: Expanding Death Penalty Eligibility to Accomplices

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands death penalty eligibility to include accomplices in specific capital murder cases, whereas existing law reserves the death penalty only for the principle in the first degree.

Highlights:
-Expands death penalty eligibility to include both a principal in the second degree and an accessory before the fact in the following capital cases (Sec. 1):
    -Murder for hire; -Murder involving a continuing criminal enterprise; and -Murder involving an act of terrorism.
-Expands death penalty eligibility to include a principal in the second degree in all other cases of capital murder if he or she had the same intent as the principle in the first degree (Sec. 1). -Expands death penalty eligibility to include an accessory after the fact in all other cases of capital murder only if he or she ordered or directed the killing (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (24-16) - (Key vote)

Title: Expanding Death Penalty Eligibility to Accomplices

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands death penalty eligibility to include accomplices in specific capital murder cases, whereas existing law reserves the death penalty only for the principle in the first degree.

Highlights:
-Expands death penalty eligibility to include both a principal in the second degree and an accessory before the fact in the following capital cases (Sec. 1):
    -Murder for hire; -Murder involving a continuing criminal enterprise; and -Murder involving an act of terrorism.
-Expands death penalty eligibility to include a principal in the second degree in all other cases of capital murder if he or she had the same intent as the principle in the first degree (Sec. 1). -Expands death penalty eligibility to include an accessory after the fact in all other cases of capital murder only if he or she ordered or directed the killing (Sec. 1).
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NOTE: THIS VOTE RECONSIDERS A PREVIOUS VOTE.

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (26-14) -
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Expanding Death Penalty Eligibility to Accomplices

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