"Death-penalty ban fails in Montana House committee," is the AP report, via NECN.
A proposal to ban the death penalty in Montana is once again being rejected by a state House committee.
The GOP-led House Judiciary Committee on Friday rejected the proposal to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. The same proposal died in the same committee two years ago.
Supporters of House Bill 370 hoped they had a better chance after garnering some Republican support. Backers are likely to still seek full debate on the House floor.
The Montana Standard reports, "Committee kills death penalty bill." It's by Charles S. Johnson.
On a mostly party line vote, the House Judiciary Committee on Friday rejected and tabled a bill that would have abolished the death penalty and replaced it with life imprisonment without parole.
House Bill 370, by Rep. Doug Kary, R-Billings, failed on a 11-9 vote. Eleven Republicans opposed the bill, while Rep. Clayton Fiscus, R-Billings, joined the eight Democrats in supporting the bill.
Earlier coverage of the Montana repeal legislation begins at the link.