Death Penalty Audit Clears Senate Panel

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill requiring a study on the cost of the death penalty in Nevada has cleared a Senate committee on a party-line vote.

The Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections endorsed AB444, with Republican Sens. James Settelmeyer of Minden and Barbara Cegavske of Las Vegas opposed.

Democratic Assembly James Ohrenschall of Las Vegas is the prime sponsor of the bill. He says the goal is to give legislators a thorough analysis on how much it costs Nevada taxpayers to keep the death penalty. Backers of the bill note that condemned inmates typically remain on death row for decades as countless appeals wind through the courts.

A similar bill was vetoed in 2011 by Republican Brian Sandoval, who said it lacked specifics to ensure the result would be fair.

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