State lawmakers introduce bill to abolish death penalty

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Lawmakers in the House have introduced a measure to abolish the death penalty, an effort that has failed in Washington state in previous years but which supporters hope will gain traction following Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision last year to impose a moratorium on capital punishment.

The bipartisan bill, introduced Monday by Democratic Rep. Reuven Carlyle of Seattle, would replace the death penalty with a life sentence with no opportunity for parole. House Bill 1739 would also require those convicted to pay restitution to victims and their families.

The death penalty is currently authorized by the federal government and 32 states, including Washington and Oregon. However, the governors in both Oregon and Washington have said no one would be executed during their time in office. Eighteen states have abolished the death penalty, with Maryland being the most recent.

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  • Pauley D.

    A convicted felon in prison for the rest of their life will have to pay restitution? Yep, our “best & brightest” hard at work again. Hey you in the state house, get an FN brain for a change.

  • Kenneth Briggs

    yes please do , now just what good has it done ? just look here at California it has over 742 people just waiting and some been waiting for over 30 years to die , and then the problem is the right drugs and who get the job of doing that ? what do they get out of that ? why not just life ? in the long run it is cheaper .

  • Frank Dofelmier

    Some crimes deserve the death penalty and some don’t. I think it is a bad idea to take away that option. Lets face it folks there are some people that are so dangerous that they will even kill in prison. I have a friend who is a prison gaurd in Monroe and he tells me stories about some of these criminals that would give me nightmares having to deal with them on a regular basis.

  • Nicole m.

    Why do this to the families of loved ones who died a horrible death? What right do law makers have to speak on their behalf? This is shameful.

  • Nate

    A) I don’t want to get to pay for their meals, room and bored
    B) If they deserve to die, they deserve to die.
    I must be blind, because I cant see the downside of capital punishment.

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