Legislation

DEATH PENALTY: Expanding Death Penalty (HB 3211) (2011)

Under Oregon law only those convicted of aggravated murder are eligible for the death penalty. HB 3211 would have expanded the scope of the aggravated murder law to include the murder of a reserve officer.

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DEATH PENALTY: Individuals with Mental Retardation (HB 2668, HB 2669, HB 2670) (2009)

Other than the Reproductive Freedom bills above, no other death penalty legislation was heard this session. Three bills were introduced, HB 2668, HB 2669 and HB 2670, all of which would have created a procedure for considering the issue of whether a defendant who is charged with aggravated murder (eligible for death sentence) is a person with mental retardation. The bills were not heard and died in committee.

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