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Thu Feb 4, 2021, 11:05 AM

Virginia Senate Passes Death Penalty Abolition Bill

NBCWashington
By Sarah Rankin

The Virginia Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would abolish the death penalty, a measure that if passed into law would mark a major policy change for a state that over its centuries-long history has led the nation in the number of executions it has carried out.

The Democrat-controlled chamber approved the bill in a 21-17 vote that split along party lines and was seen as a key hurdle for the measure. Advocates now expect the House version of the bill to easily clear that chamber, and Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has said he supports the legislation.

Wednesday's vote followed a lengthy, emotional floor debate.

ďI cannot think of anything that is more awful, unspeakable and wrong for a government to do than to use its power to execute somebody who didnít commit the crime theyíre accused of. The problem with capital punishment is that once itís inflicted you canít take it back, it canít be corrected,Ē Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell, the billís sponsor, said as he introduced it.

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/virginia-senate-passes-death-penalty-abolition-bill/2561268/

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Thu Feb 4, 2021, 11:18 AM

1. I love living in a state with Dem leadership. Nt

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