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SENATE BILL NO. 363
INTRODUCED BY D. ECK
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MORATORIUM ON THE IMPOSITION AND EXECUTION OF THE DEATH PENALTY; AMENDING SECTIONS 46-18-301 AND 46-19-103, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 46-18-301, MCA, is amended to read:
"46-18-301. Hearing on imposition of death penalty -- moratorium. (1) When a defendant is found guilty of or pleads guilty to an offense, beginning on [the effective date of this act] through January 1, 2005, for which the sentence of death may be imposed, the judge who presided at the trial or before whom the guilty plea was entered shall conduct a separate sentencing hearing to determine the existence or nonexistence of the circumstances set forth in 46-18-303 and 46-18-304 for the purpose of determining the sentence to be imposed. The hearing must be conducted before the court alone.
(2) (a) Except as provided in subsection (3) and
Subject subject to subsection (2)(b), the sentence must be pronounced
and judgment rendered within 120 days after the defendant is found guilty or pleads guilty or within 120 days after the
Montana supreme court enters a final decision on appeal.
(b) The district court may allow not more than one extension of up to 60 days after entering findings of fact that the extension is necessary to prevent undue hardship to a party.
(3) The penalty provided for in this part may not be imposed prior to January 1, 2005."
Section 2. Section 46-19-103, MCA, is amended to read:
"46-19-103. Execution of death sentence. (1) Except as provided in subsection (8),
In in pronouncing the sentence of
death, the court shall set the date of execution, which may not be less than 30 days or more than 60 days from the date the
sentence is pronounced. If execution has been stayed by any court and the date set for execution has passed prior to
dissolution of the stay, the court in which the defendant was previously sentenced shall, upon dissolution of the stay, set a
new date of execution for not less than 20 or more than 90 days from the day the date is set. The defendant is entitled to be
present in court on the day the new date of execution is set.
(2) Pending execution of a sentence of death, the sheriff may deliver the defendant to a state prison for confinement, and the state shall bear the costs of imprisoning the defendant from the date of delivery.
(3) The punishment of death must be inflicted by administration of a continuous, intravenous injection of a lethal quantity of an ultra-fast-acting barbiturate in combination with a chemical paralytic agent until a licensed physician pronounces that the defendant is dead according to accepted standards of medical practice.
(4) When an execution date is set, a death warrant signed by the judge and attested by the clerk of court under the seal of the court must, within 5 days, be prepared. The warrant and a certified copy of the judgment must be delivered to the director of the department of corrections. The warrant must be directed to the director and recite the conviction, judgment, appointed date of execution, and duration of the warrant.
(5) The warden of the Montana state prison shall provide a suitable and efficient room or place in which executions will be carried out, enclosed from public view, within the walls of the state prison, and shall provide all implements necessary to the execution. The warden shall, subject to subsection (6), select the person to perform the execution, and the warden or the warden's designee shall supervise the execution. The identity of the executioner must remain anonymous. Facts pertaining to the selection and training of the executioner must remain confidential.
(6) An execution must be performed by a person selected by the warden and trained to administer a lethal injection. The person administering the injection need not be a physician, registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse licensed or registered under the laws of this or any other state. The warden shall allow the execution to be observed by 12 witnesses, 3 of whom may be designated by the person to be executed.
(7) Within 20 days after the execution, the warden shall return the death warrant to the clerk of the court from which it was issued, noting on the warrant the time it was executed.
(8) Beginning on [the effective date of this act] through January 1, 2005, the execution of sentence allowed under this section may not be imposed."
NEW SECTION. Section 3. Saving clause. [This act] does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, or proceedings that were begun before [the effective date of this act].
NEW SECTION. Section 4. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
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