House tables death penalty bill

Joy Wang
March 06, 2017 06:51 AM

The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted to table HB 72 Sunday in a 3-2 vote.


The bill has to do with people convicted of killing a member law enforcement or children. The sponsor of this bill, Monica Youngblood, said she decided to introduce it after the death of Victoria Martens.

“Victoria Martens was murdered in my district,” said Youngblood. “It's been gut-wrenching to watch a community go through.”

As a community mourns the horrific loss of an innocent 10-year-old girl and many fallen police officers, legislators listened.

“We have seen the number of officers killed in the line of duty,” said Youngblood. “We have an opportunity to do something.”

But plans to reinstate the death penalty didn't make it far in committee after emotional testimony from both sides.

Supporters of the bill argued it prevents violent criminals from being repeat offenders. The opponents called the death penalty legal revenge and looked at the cost.

“To reinstate it means the expenditure of a lot of money and a lot of wasted resources,” said Patricia Royabal Caballero, D-13. “Where in my opinion those resources that are very limited would be better spent helping our families, dealing with the budget crisis.”


Joy Wang

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