Death penalty vote still possible at Colo. Capitol

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - The fight over a proposal to abolish the death penalty in Colorado is going down to the wire.

State lawmakers plan to meet Wednesday, the final day of the legislative session, to decide whether to revive a bill that originally would have ended the death penalty. The savings would be used to fund a statewide cold case unit.

The bill unraveled this week in the senate. Lawmakers voted to scrap the death penalty ban and instead impose a series of new fees to fund investigations of unsolved cases.

Bill sponsors Rep. Paul Weissmann and Sen. Morgan Carroll expect to be able to put the death penalty ban back in the bill along with the new fees. If that happens, the House and Senate would again have to consider whether to abolish the death penalty before they adjourn for the year.

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