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Bill lowering murder charges is concerning


Last updated 4/21/2021 at 9:26am | View PDF

I am grateful for an opportunity to speak to the entire community about what is happening in the Capitol.

The last several weeks have had their share of successes and disappointments. I would like to tell you about a bill that passed, and I don't believe it was a good idea.

Senate Bill 124-Changes to Felony Murder.

Under current law, it is a class 1 felony as it pertains to first-degree murder if a person commits or attempts to commit certain specified felonies and the death of a person, other than one of the participants, is caused by anyone during the crime. The bill changes the current law by:

• Moving the crime from first-degree murder to second-degree murder

• Requiring the death be caused by a participant

• Repealing certain elements of the affirmative defense

• Changing the penalty from a class 1 felony to a class 2 felony that is subject to crime of violence sentencing.

This bill passed in the Senate 22-13 (35 members) and in the House 38-27 (65 members). I voted no. In light of the recent mass shootings, I feel this is a mistake.

The Budget for 2021-2022 passed the Senate and the House, but not without a storm of amendments from the Republicans. It is 11 percent higher than last year. There were areas that we believed that too much was apportioned and others did not receive enough money. If you want to see the bill, it is Senate Bill 21-205.

The good news is that my bills are in the process of working their way through the House, where upon passing they will move to the Senate. More about these bills next time.

My contact information: email: [email protected] Phone: 303-866-2946.


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