Wyoming lawmakers defeat proposal to repeal death penalty
CHEYENNE, WYO. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers have again defeated a proposal to repeal the state’s death penalty.
Death penalty repeal has come up each of the past several legislative sessions. This year’s measure died Thursday with a 19-11 vote in the Senate.
Proponents of repeal argue the state would save $750,000 a year by not having capital punishment. Those in favor of keeping the death penalty say it’s important to have the sentencing option for the most serious crimes.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports 28 states still allow the death penalty. A similar repeal bill in 2019 failed in the Senate 18-12.
Source: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune