NH Senate panel endorses death penalty repeal measure - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

NH Senate panel endorses death penalty repeal measure

Posted: Updated:

Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee is recommending passage of a bill to repeal the state's death penalty.

The 3-2 vote Thursday sets the stage of a potentially historic vote by the Senate to repeal the state's centuries-old death penalty.

The committee voted 2-2 Tuesday with one member absent. The tie vote would have sent a message to the Senate that it ought to be killed.

The committee reconsidered the issue Thursday, in deference to Democrat Donna Soucy of Manchester, who missed Tuesday's meeting due to a family medical issue.

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.

The Senate is due to vote on repeal April 17.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.