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Representative Jeremy LaFaver (D) on the House floor – January 8, 2014.

A bill, introduced on January 8, 2014, by Representative Jeremy LaFaver (D) (from the bill summary):

HB 1240 [pdf] — DEATH PENALTY

SPONSOR: LaFaver

Currently, the punishment for first degree murder is either life imprisonment without eligibility for parole or death. This bill eliminates the punishment of the death penalty. Any person sentenced to death prior to August 28, 2014, must be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

What’s been going on in a few other states since 2007:

LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE LAWS IN STATES THAT RECENTLY REPEALED THE DEATH PENALTY

Since 2007, 6 states have abolished the death penalty; all utilize sentences of life without parole (LWOP)….

….Notes: New Mexico, Connecticut, and Maryland abolished the death penalty prospectively but still have inmates on death row.

Suggested changes are welcome. Information based on DPIC’s questions to state litigators. (As of September 2013).