Started by Rick4404, February 24, 2009, 03:27:26 AM
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State senate passes death penalty banAssociated PressThursday, February 19, 2009HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The state Senate has voted 27 to 23 to abolish the death penalty in Montana. Senate Bill 236, sponsored by Sen. Dave Wanzenried, D-Missoula, passed third reading on Tuesday afternoon and will now go to the House for a vote.Senate Bill 236 was the subject of passionate debate Monday on the Senate floor as proponents said the death penalty doesn't accomplish what it sets out to do and opponents said it needs to be available as an option to deter the worst criminals.The final Senate vote was mostly along party lines, except for six Republicans who voted for SB 236 and two Democrats who voted against it.Should House members also support the bill, the death penalty would be replaced in Montana with life in prison without the possibility of parole.If Montana does ban the death penalty, it would be joining 14 other states that have done so in recent years. Other states such as Maryland are considering abolishing it as well.Similar measures to abolish the death penalty in Montana have failed previously in the Legislature. Montana currently has two inmates awaiting execution at the state prison near Deer Lodge, Mont. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, has not announced whether or not he would sign the bill if it crosses his desk.
Well thank goodness for that ! Jeff do you know how many on MT death row are out of appeals Not that it makes any difference. Just curious
The Canadian Supreme Court has recently ordered the Harper administration to seek clemency. Not that it should make any difference.
http://www.kaj18.com/news/bill-introduced-to-repeal-montana-s-death-penalty/Montana LegislatureBill introduced to repeal Montana's death penaltyPosted: Jan 17, 2011 8:26 PM by Breanna Roy (KPAX News)Updated: Jan 17, 2011 8:37 PM HELENA - Legislators are again trying to end Montana's death penalty.Missoula Senator Dave Wazenried (D) is the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 185, which would replace the death penalty.The bill has the support of Missoula senators Ron Erickson (D), Cliff Larson (D) and Carol Williams (D). Eight other Democrats and six Republicans make up the bill's other signatories.A prisoner would never become eligible for parole and could never be released from prison under the proposed measure.Link to read the proposed measure : http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2011/billpdf/SB0185.pdfAnne