May 13, 2009(Key vote)
Title: Death Penalty Replacement
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that eliminates the death penalty as an option for sentencing and maintains life imprisonment without the possibility of release.
-Changes the term capital felony to murder with special circumstances (Sec. 1).
-Mandates that crimes considered to be murder with special circumstances will have the penalty of life imprisonment without the possibility of release and eliminates the death penalty (Sec. 2).
-Any capital felony committed prior to the effective date of this measure is subject to death penalty (Sec. 5a).