Today's Kansas City Star carries the AP report, "Missouri senator wants analysis of death penalty costs."
A Missouri senator wants the state auditor to analyze the cost of the death penalty.
Democratic Sen. Joe Keaveny of St. Louis presented the measure Wednesday to a Senate panel.
The legislation would require the state auditor to compile a report comparing the costs of capital punishment with the costs of a life prison sentence. The report would also include a cost estimate of cases where the death penalty was sought, but ultimately not carried out.
Supporters said the measure could lead to a discussion on whether the death penalty is an appropriate use of state money. No one testified in opposition to Keaveny’s bill at the hearing.