VA HB794 | 2016 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)
Status: Introduced on January 12 2016 - 25% progression, died in committee
Action: 2016-02-12 - Continued to 2017 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
Pending: House Courts of Justice Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]


Death penalty; severe mental illness. Provides that a defendant in a capital case who had a severe mental illness, which is defined in the bill, at the time of the offense is not eligible for the death penalty. The bill establishes procedures for determining whether a defendant had a severe mental illness at the time of the offense and provides for the appointment of expert evaluators. When the defendant's severe mental illness is at issue, a determination will be made by the jury, or by the judge in a bench trial, as part of the sentencing proceeding, and the defendant bears the burden of proving his severe mental illness by a preponderance of the evidence.

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Death penalty; severe mental illness.



2016-02-12HouseContinued to 2017 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
2016-02-12HouseSubcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
2016-02-12HouseAssigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
2016-01-12HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2016-01-12HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101718D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
192264.3:1.3(n/a)See Bill Text
192264.3:1.4(n/a)See Bill Text
192264.3:1.5(n/a)See Bill Text
192264.3:3(n/a)See Bill Text
192264.4(n/a)See Bill Text

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