The death penalty is not justice, and the government should never have the authority to end a person's life, especially when that person is not able to fully understand the circumstances. While House Bill 148 failed, it passed the House, making it further than in years past. We will continue advocating for the complete abolition of the death penalty.

Senate Bill 148 would ban the use of the death penalty against people who have a severe mental illness. The death penalty should be entirely abolished because the government should never have the authority to end a person's life. This bill is a small step in the right direction.

Bill Movement

  • Introduced: 1/05/21
  • Passed House Committee: 2/27/20
  • Passed House: 3/1/21 (Vote: 75-16)
  • Accepted by Senate: 3/2/21
  • Passed Senate Committee:  3/4/21
  • Passed Senate: N/A
  • Sent to Governor: N/A


C. McCoy, K. Banta, D. Elliott, T. Huff, J. Miller, P. Minter, K. Moser, M. Prunty, J. Tipton, S. Westrom, L. Willner




2021 General Assembly

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