Eliminates the death penalty and requires life imprisonment without possibility of release or parole as the sentence for aggravated first degree murder. Background: Washington has had some form of capital punishment since territorial days, with the exception of several periods where the death penalty was either legislatively abolished or ruled unconstitutional. Washington's current death penalty statute was enacted in 1981. Of the 33 people that have been sentenced to death since 1981, five persons have been executed, and nine persons are currently under a death sentence. A moratorium on executions was put in place by the Governor in 2014.Advertisment
Under the death penalty statute, a death sentence may be imposed only against those persons convicted of Aggravated First Degree Murder and only after a special sentencing proceeding has been held to determine whether the death penalty is warranted.
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By resolution, returned to Senate Rules Committee for third reading.Thu, Mar 8th 2018
Referred to Rules 2 Review.Fri, Feb 23rd 2018
Minority; do not pass.Thu, Feb 22nd 2018
JUDI - Majority; do pass.Thu, Feb 22nd 2018
First reading, referred to Judiciary (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).Fri, Feb 16th 2018
Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.Wed, Feb 14th 2018
Third reading, passed; yeas, 26; nays, 22; absent, 0; excused, 1.Wed, Feb 14th 2018
Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.Mon, Feb 12th 2018
Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.Fri, Jan 26th 2018
Minority; do not pass.Thu, Jan 25th 2018
LAW - Majority; do pass.Thu, Jan 25th 2018
First reading, referred to Law & Justice.Mon, Jan 8th 2018
Prefiled for introduction.Fri, Dec 22nd 2017