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August 26, 2011

Bill to put California death penalty on ballot stalls

As detailed in this local piece, which is headlined "California Death Penalty Won't be on Ballot," a state bill "that would have allowed voters to decide whether or not to get rid of the death penalty was killed on Thursday, sort of." Here is more:

SB 490 would have eliminated the death penalty and replaced it with life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Assembly Appropriations Committee was supposed to vote on SB 490 on Thursday but the bill’s author, Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Oakland), withdrew the bill because, “The votes were not there.”

Despite the move, Hancock said she still believes in the bill, "The death penalty is not tough on crime. It's tough on the tax payers.”... Hancock added that money could be better spent on things like education, keeping police on the streets, and infrastructure.

The death penalty was approved by voters in 1978, and if SB 490 had been approved it would have gone back to the voters.... Even though the bill was withdrawn, Gov. Jerry Brown made somewhat of a statement about SB 490 and said that he would be in favor of it going to a vote of the people.

August 26, 2011 at 10:40 AM | Permalink

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