Blue states chart diverging paths on death penalty debate
Added 04-22-21 02:03:02am EST - “An effort to repeal the death penalty in Nevada is exposing polarization in the Legislature while proving party affiliation can be an unreliable predictor when it comes to capital punishment.” - Washingtontimes.com
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - An effort to repeal the death penalty in Nevada is exposing polarization in the Legislature while proving party affiliation can be an unreliable predictor when it comes to capital punishment.
When Democrats won trifecta control of the western swing state’s government, opponents hoped it would ease the path toward abolishing the practice.
Since 2019, Democratic-majority legislatures in Colorado, New Hampshire and Virginia have done away with the death penalty. Yet Nevada’s repeal effort faces significant hurdles.
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The proposal passed the Assembly this month. But leaders in the state Senate have not indicated whether they’ll consider the bill, and Gov. Steve Sisolak staunchly opposes it.
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