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NH Senate panel tied on death penalty repeal bill

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Senate will vote whether to repeal New Hampshire's death penalty next week, but it won't have a clear recommendation from its Judiciary Committee to go by.

The committee voted 2-2 Tuesday with one member absent on a recommendation. In such a case, the bill goes to the Senate floor April 17 with a recommendation that it be killed.

The state is the closest to repealing the death penalty that it's been since 2000, when both houses of the Legislature approved a proposal but then-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen vetoed it.

Gov. Maggie Hassan says she will sign the House bill if it reaches her desk and does not affect the death sentence of Michael Addison, who was convicted of killing Manchester police officer Michael Briggs in 2006.

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