Bill to End Colorado Death Penalty Loses By One Vote
By a vote of 18 to 17, the Colorado Senate today rejected a bill to end the death penalty and use the savings to investigate cold cases.
Four Democrats, Mary Hodge of Brighton, Jim Isgar of Hesperus, John Morse of Colorado Springs, and Lois Tochtrop of Thornton, voted with the Republicans to defeat the bill.
Gov. Bill Ritter would not state his position on the bill before the vote. Afterwards, he said "he thought the death penalty should not have been tied to funding cold cases."
Today was the last day for the Senate to act. Hopefully, a similar bill will come up again next year.
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