Colorado House of Representatives Resumes Death Penalty Debate

Feb 19, 2020

State lawmakers resume a debate this week on a bill to end the death penalty. As KDNK’s Scott Franz reports, talks in the House will likely be more heated than they were in the Senate..

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Republican Dave Williams of Colorado Springs says he’ll try to filibuster the bill when it likely reaches the House floor for a final vote. He thinks the decision should be up to voters, and not the legislature. Supporters say the death penalty is costly and fails to deter violent crime.

And Democrats – along with the support of at least three Republicans – are expected to use their majority to repeal it for all crimes committed after July first. Governor Jared Polis is also ready to end it. A similar measure stalled last year in the Senate because some Democrats wanted to keep it.