HB 1328 - Sentencing for certain murders; death or life without parole

First Reader Summary

A BILL to amend Code Section 17-10-16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to imprisonment for life without parole, so as to provide that a person who is convicted of the murder of a peace officer, corrections employee, fireman, or school teacher while engaged in the performance of his or her official duties may be sentenced to death or to life without parole; and for other purposes.

Williams, Jeffrey L (83rd) Barnard, Terry (154th) Westmoreland, Lynn A (104th)
Coleman, Jr., Brooks P (80th) Dobbs, Denny M (92nd)
Status Summary HC: Judy SC: LA: 01/26/98 H - Read 2nd Time
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House Action Senate
1/16/98 Read 1st Time
1/26/98 Read 2nd Time

HB 1328                                            LC 26 0447 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                        A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 
                               AN ACT 
 
 
  1- 1  To amend Code Section 17-10-16 of the Official Code of 
  1- 2  Georgia Annotated, relating to imprisonment for life without 
  1- 3  parole, so as to provide that a person who is convicted of 
  1- 4  the murder of a peace officer, corrections employee, 
  1- 5  fireman, or school teacher while engaged in the performance 
  1- 6  of his or her official duties may be sentenced to death or 
  1- 7  to life without parole; to provide an effective date and for 
  1- 8  applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other 
  1- 9  purposes. 
 
  1-10       BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: 
 
  1-11                           SECTION 1. 
 
  1-12  Code Section 17-10-16 of the Official Code of Georgia 
  1-13  Annotated, relating to imprisonment for life without parole, 
  1-14  is amended by striking in its entirety subsection (a) of 
  1-15  said Code section and inserting in lieu thereof a new 
  1-16  subsection (a) to read as follows: 
 
  1-17    "(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person 
  1-18    who is convicted of an offense committed after May 1, 
  1-19    1993, for which the death penalty may be imposed under the 
  1-20    laws of this state may be sentenced to death, imprisonment 
  1-21    for life without parole, or life imprisonment as provided 
  1-22    in Article 2 of this chapter, except that if such offense 
  1-23    was murder committed against any peace officer, 
  1-24    corrections employee, fireman, or school teacher while 
  1-25    engaged in the performance of his or her official duties, 
  1-26    such person may be sentenced to death or imprisonment for 
  1-27    life without parole." 
 
  1-28                           SECTION 2. 
 
  1-29  This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1998, and shall 
  1-30  apply only to offenses committed after the effective date of 
  1-31  this Act. 
 
 
 
 
 
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  2- 1                           SECTION 3. 
 
  2- 2  All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 
  2- 3  repealed. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98