Death penalty vote still possible at Colorado Capitol
DENVER, Colorado ” Colorado lawmakers are being asked to take an all-or-nothing vote on whether to end the death penalty and fund cold case investigations.
The House passed a bill to end the death penalty and use the savings to fund statewide cold case investigations. But the Senate scrapped the death penalty ban and instead backed new fees to fund local probes.
A committee appointed to work out the differences voted Wednesday to put the death penalty ban back in the bill. It also backed funding for statewide and local cold case investigations with the savings.
Senate Republican leader Josh Penry warned tying the two together could lead to the bill’s defeat either in the Senate or in a veto from Gov. Bill Ritter.
The Senate will vote first on whether to accept the change or stick to their version.
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