Today's Lexington Herald-Leader posts an expanded version of the AP report, "Rollins posts bill to ban death penalty," by Roger Alford.
Democratic state Rep. Carl Rollins of Midway drafted a measure that would make Kentucky's stiffest sentence life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Rollins bill calls for the term "capital punishment" to be stricken altogether from state law.
Activists delivered more than 1,500 postcards to Gov. Steve Beshear in December asking that he sign no more death warrants and that he work to abolish the death penalty. They called the death penalty "a risky, arbitrary, unfair, ineffective and costly distraction from justice," and urged Kentucky to follow the lead of other states that have rejected capital punishment.
Kentucky has executed three people since the reinstatement of capital punishment in 1976, two by lethal injection and one in the electric chair.
Earlier coverage of the Kentucky legislation begins at the link.