Death penalty; severe mental illness. (HB1522)

Introduced By

Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Death penalty; severe mental illness. Provides that a defendant in a capital case who had a severe mental illness, which is defined in the bill, at the time of the offense is not eligible for the death penalty. The bill establishes procedures for determining whether a defendant had a severe mental illness at the time of the offense and provides for the appointment of expert evaluators. When the defendant's severe mental illness is at issue, a determination will be made by the jury, or by the judge in a bench trial, as part of the sentencing proceeding, and the defendant bears the burden of proving his severe mental illness by a preponderance of the evidence. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/22/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101626D
12/22/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
12/29/2016Impact statement from VCSC (HB1522)
01/27/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1522)
01/27/2017Fiscal impact review from JLARC (HB1522)
01/27/2017Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/30/2017Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/2017Left in Courts of Justice

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB794.