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Legislation-Joint Resolution - Joint Resolution Failed (House) (38-35) - (Key vote)

Title: Legislative Regulation of Death Row Appeals

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a joint resolution that amends the Utah Constitution to allow challenges to a conviction after a direct appeal, but only in the manner provided by statute with certain exceptions. Pending voter approval.

Highlights:
-Allows any challenge to a conviction after a direct appeal, but only in a manner provided for in statute (Sec. 1). -Provides an exception for anyone, including those on death row, who can prove with new evidence that they did not commit the crime they are convicted of or of a related lesser offense (Sec.1). -Allows for relief from a capital offense if the individual can prove with new evidence that he or she lacked the necessary mental state needed for a conviction of that level (Sec.1). -Requires the lieutenant governor to submit this proposed amendment to voters in the next general election (Sec.2).
Note:

NOTE: AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TWO-THIRDS APPROVAL IN EACH CHAMBER FOR PASSAGE. IT MUST THEN BE APPROVED BY A MAJORITY OF CITIZENS VOTING IN THE NEXT ELECTION TO BE ENACTED.

Legislation-Joint Resolution - Joint Resolution Passed (Senate) (23-6) - (Key vote)

Title: Legislative Regulation of Death Row Appeals

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a joint resolution that amends the Utah Constitution to allow challenges to a conviction after a direct appeal, but only in the manner provided by statute with certain exceptions. Pending voter approval.

Highlights:
-Allows any challenge to a conviction after a direct appeal, but only in a manner provided for in statute (Sec. 1). -Provides an exception for anyone, including those on death row, who can prove with new evidence that they did not commit the crime they are convicted of or of a related lesser offense (Sec.1). -Allows for relief from a capital offense if the individual can prove with new evidence that he or she lacked the necessary mental state needed for a conviction of that level (Sec.1). -Requires the lieutenant governor to submit this proposed amendment to voters in the next general election (Sec.2).
Note:

NOTE: AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TWO-THIRDS APPROVAL IN EACH CHAMBER FOR PASSAGE. IT MUST THEN BE APPROVED BY A MAJORITY OF CITIZENS VOTING IN THE NEXT ELECTION TO BE ENACTED.

Legislation-Joint Resolution - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Legislative Regulation of Death Row Appeals

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