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2017 House Bill 4500: Define fetus as “person” in criminal sentencing
Introduced by Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R) on April 20, 2017 To revise a provision of the state’s criminal sentencing guidelines that includes the number of actual or potential “victims” among the factors on which sentences for violent crimes are assessed. The bill would define an embryo or fetus as a person and a victim for purposes of this provision.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on April 20, 2017
Reported in the House on September 19, 2017 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Kristy Pagan (D) on November 8, 2017 To clarify that the bill would not apply in cases where the pregnant woman carrying the embryo or fetus was herself the convicted offender.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 8, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Vanessa Guerra (D) on November 8, 2017 To giver courts discretion over whether to include a fetus or embryo in the sentencing decision.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 8, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Pam Faris (D) on November 8, 2017 To not define the fetus or embryo as a "person" but do define the fetus or embryo as a "victim" for purposes of setting a sentence.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 8, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Kristy Pagan (D) on November 8, 2017 To only count a fetus or embryo in the sentencing decision if the offender knew the fetus or embryo existed when committing the offense.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 8, 2017
Passed 63 to 44 in the House on November 9, 2017.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To revise a provision of the state’s criminal sentencing guidelines that includes the number of actual or potential “victims” among the factors on which sentences for violent crimes are assessed. The bill would define an embryo or fetus as a person and a victim for purposes of this provision.

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