2007 Legislative Session

In 2007, Senator Christine Kaufmann requested the draft of SB 306, “An Act Abolishing the Death Penalty and Replacing it with Life Imprisonment without the Possibility of Release.” It was introduced by Senator Dan Harrington, President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

Senate

The bill was heard in Senate Judiciary on February 7, 2007 and passed out of committee by a vote of 8 – 4. It was debated on the Senate floor for second reading on February 23, 2007 and passed by a vote of 27 – 21. It passed out of the Senate on third reading by a vote of 27 – 22.

House

SB 306 was referred to the House Judiciary committee for a hearing on March 9, 2007. It was tabled in House Judiciary on March 12, 2007 by a vote of 9 – 8.

A motion to take the bill off the table was made by Representative Julie French on April 12, 2007. It failed by a repeat vote of 9 – 8.

Later that afternoon, Representative French made a motion to “blast” the bill out of committee (a procedural motion to bypass the committee, which requires 3/5 of the House Floor (60 votes) to pass). Ultimately, the blast motion failed by a vote of 51 – 49 (9 short of the required 3/5 vote).

The text of the bill can be found HERE.

The official log of what happened to the bill can be found HERE.

The official vote tally to blast it from the House committee can be found HERE.

The official vote tally that passed the bill out of the Senate on third reading can be found HERE.

Representative Joey Jayne requested and introduced HB 697, a bill to create a Montana Death Penalty Study Commission. The bill was heard in House Appropriations on March 20, 2007. It was subsequently tabled by the committee by a vote of 11 – 7 on March 24, 2007.

The text of the bill can be found HERE.

The official log of what happened to the bill can be found HERE.