Bill Seeks Audit of Death Penalty Costs

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada lawmakers are trying again to study the costs of the death penalty.

AB444 was introduced Monday. It requires the legislative auditor to report on the costs of prosecuting capital cases, as compared with non-death penalty cases.

Legislators in 2011 sought a two-year moratorium on capital punishment while a study was conducted on costs. The bill was watered down to eliminate the moratorium, and it passed the Assembly and Senate with Democratic support and Republican opposition.

But Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed it, saying the bill wasn't specific about cost or study methods to ensure fairness.

There are 83 people on Nevada's death row. The last execution was in 2006.