"Hickenlooper veto comment on death penalty scrambles repeal effort," is by Kurtis Lee and Lynn Bartels at the Denver Post. Here'a an extended excerpt:
House Democrats on Thursday acknowledged they're torn on how to proceed with a measure to repeal the state's death penalty after Gov. John Hickenlooper indicated he could veto the bill if it arrived at his desk.
"I'm not sure what's going to happen with this bill, or when and if we will vote on it," said Rep. Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills Village, who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. "As a caucus we have to discuss some things."
House Democrats are considering a caucus meeting Friday to talk about the issue.
On Tuesday — after more than nine hours of testimony from proponents and opponents — Kagan asked that a vote be delayed on the measure, which would repeal the death penalty for any crimes committed after July 1.
The committee will meet again Tuesday, though Kagan said a decision hasn't been made on whether to continue forward with the measure.
A decision to withhold a vote on House Bill 1264 followed a luncheon Tuesday where Hickenlooper, a Democrat, told House members of his party that he had issues with the legislation and mentioned a possible veto.
After Hickenlooper signed a civil-unions bill into law Thursday, he was asked about the death penalty.
"At least the last time I was out there it seemed like a pretty significant majority of people still favored the death penalty," Hickenlooper said. "I think it's worth a little more discussion before we mail in the votes, as it were."
Moreover, Hickenlooper said he generally thinks that issues have a sense of time.
"Should we have done civil unions five years ago? Sure. Was the majority of people in the state five years ago for it? Probably not. Are they now? Yes," he said. "I'm wondering whether we don't need just a little more maturation."