SB 570 - Murder of Certified Peace Officer - provide for offense

First Reader Summary

A bill to amend Chapter 5 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to crimes against the person, so as to provide for the offense of the murder of a certified peace officer; to provide for an effective date and applicability.

Gillis, Sr., Hugh M (20th) Dean, Nathan (31st) Bowen, Rooney L (13th)
Status Summary HC: SJudy SC: Corr LA: 02/17/98 H - Read 2nd Time (CA )
Page Numbers - 1
Code Sections - 16-5-1.1
Senate Action House
2/4/98 Read 1st time 2/16/98
2/10/98 Favorably Reported
Am Committee Amend/Sub
2/11/98 Read 2nd Time 2/17/98
2/13/98 Read 3rd Time
2/13/98 Passed/Adopted
CA Comm/Floor Amend/Sub

SB 570 98                                          SB570/CA/3 
 
      SENATE BILL 570 
 
      By:  Senators Gillis of the 20th, Dean of the 31st, 
           Bowen of the 13th and others 
 
                        A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 
                               AN ACT 
 
 
  1- 1  To amend Chapter 5 of Title 16 of the Official Code of 
  1- 2  Georgia Annotated, relating to crimes against the person, so 
  1- 3  as to provide for the punishment of a person convicted of 
  1- 4  murdering a certified peace officer; to provide for an 
  1- 5  effective date and applicability; to provide for related 
  1- 6  matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. 
 
  1- 7       BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: 
 
  1- 8                           SECTION 1. 
 
  1- 9  Chapter 5 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia 
  1-10  Annotated, relating to crimes against the person, is amended 
  1-11  by adding a new Code section, to be designated as Code 
  1-12  Section 16-5-1.1, to read as follows: 
 
  1-13    "16-5-1.1. 
 
  1-14    (a) As used in this Code section, the term 'certified 
  1-15    peace officer' means a peace officer, as defined in Code 
  1-16    Section 35-8-2, who has been certified by the Georgia 
  1-17    Peace Officer Standards and Training Council as having met 
  1-18    the preemployment standards of Code Section 35-8-8 and 
  1-19    successfully completed the basic training course required 
  1-20    by Code Section 35-8-9. 
 
  1-21    (b) A person convicted of the offense of murder of a 
  1-22    certified peace officer while engaged in his or her 
  1-23    official duties shall be punished by death or by 
  1-24    imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole." 
 
  1-25                           SECTION 2. 
 
  1-26  This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1998, and shall 
  1-27  apply to acts or offenses committed on and after that date. 
 
  1-28                           SECTION 3. 
 
  1-29  All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 
  1-30  repealed. 
 
 
 
 
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Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98

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