SB 61 - This act requires the State Auditor to make a one-time report on the costs of administering the death penalty. As part of the report, the auditor must compare the costs estimated by the Auditor to be related to cases in which the death penalty is sought and is imposed to the costs for cases in which the death penalty is not sought and the defendant is sentenced to life without parole and cases in which the death penalty is sought, but not imposed.
The results must be reported to the Governor, General Assembly, and the Missouri Supreme Court by June 30, 2015.
This act is nearly identical to SS/SCS/SB 786 (2012).
SCA 1 - REQUIRES THE AUDITOR'S COSTS IN PREPARING THE ONE-TIME REPORT ON THE COSTS OF THE DEATH PENALTY TO BE PAID FOR BY PRIVATE FUNDS.
IN ADDITION, THIS AMENDMENT CREATES A FUND FOR MONEY RECEIVED THROUGH GIFTS, DONATIONS, OR GRANTS FROM PRIVATE SOURCES TO PAY FOR THE COSTS OF COMPLETING THE REPORT. THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MUST APPROPRIATE THE MONEY IN THE FUND FOR THE AUDITOR'S COSTS IN COMPLETING THE REPORT. MONEY REMAINING IN THE FUND IS NOT TO REVERT TO THE GENERAL REVENUE FUND. THE AUDITOR MAY ONLY WORK ON THE REPORT IF ALL ITS COSTS ARE PAID FOR BY THE FUND.
THIS AMENDMENT ALSO CHANGES THE DATE THE REPORT IS DUE TO THE GOVERNOR, GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND MISSOURI SUPREME COURT TO WITHIN TWO YEARS OF THE AUDITOR RECEIVING ENOUGH MONEY IN THE FUND TO COVER THE COSTS OF COMPLETING THE REPORT RATHER THAN JUNE 30, 2015.