A bill that would have shifted funding from capital punishment prosecutions to pay for a cold-case unit at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation was killed today in the House.
The Rocky Mountain News has more below the fold.From the article:
Republicans defeated the bill with 10 votes from Democrats, including House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver.
Sponsor Rep. Paul Weissmann, D-Louisville, argued that Coloradans’ public safety is poorly served by spending $4.5 million annually on capital punishment prosecutions and appeals when the state has only executed one person in 40 years.
Also: Confidential colleague Cara DeGette was at the capitol today and spoke to Rep. Weissmann, who has introduced bills to abolish the death penalty in previous sessions. Although the lawmaker was disappointed with how things happened today, he is looking at his options for next session.