Oregon bill would effectively ban death penalty in state

A proposed bill in Oregon would effectively ban capital punishment in the state by limiting it to terrorism-related killings.

Posted: Mar 5, 2019 12:53 PM
Updated: Mar 5, 2019 4:22 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A proposed bill in Oregon would effectively ban capital punishment in the state by limiting it to terrorism-related killings.

The bill would also grant new sentencing trials to all people currently on death row.

Lawmakers cannot introduce an outright ban on capital punishment without sending the measure to the ballot box.

Voters approved adding the death penalty to the Oregon state constitution in 1984.

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown extended a 2011 moratorium on using the death penalty.

The state Department of Corrections says there were 30 people on death row as of Jan. 1, 2019. The last execution was in 1997.

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