SJR 124 & H 951
Florida Legislators are considering a bill RIGHT NOW that will put a constitutional amendment on a future statewide ballot to enshrine the death penalty into the state constitution, and do a few other unnecessary things. The death penalty is NOT in danger of being abolished in Florida. The net effect of this bill, if it and the subsequent amendment passes, would be to allow the execution of juvenile offenders as young as 16!
THEY passed the bill. Plans are underway to mobilize against the passage of this backwards amendment to our state constitution. Please check back soon for more information. Or, Click here to join our e-mail update list.
UPDATE: Florida Senate Bill 1212, sponsored by Senator Victor Crist, has passed through committee and is expected to be approved by the legislature and signed into law. This bill will change the minimum age for death penalty eligibility from 17 to 18 – a very progressive step for Florida! But don’t be fooled. The motivation for this bill is not compassion or concern for Florida’s standing in the international community. Rather, Senator Crist wants to nullify the strongest argument against his constitutional amendment – that it would open the door to the execution of 16-year-olds. So, we’re very happy to adjust our argument, but we continue to oppose this constitutional amendment. Stay tuned!
SB1212 WAS DEFEATED.
THE STATUS QUO
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