Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New Study Commission for Today: Capital Procedures Study Commission

There will be a new study commission starting today at 12:30pm.  This study commission will begin the discussion on sentencing people with severe mental deficiencies to the death penalty.
The proposed legislation would cover people with severe and profound mental illness, brain injury and in some cases Autism.  The proposed legislation would not remove the option of life in prison for the convicted but would remove the sentence of death.  This legislation is very similar to the Mental Retardation Death Penalty Exemption legislation that passed several sessions ago.

We will be covering this commission meeting today.

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