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State Legislative Tracker: New Hampshire attempts death penalty repeal Apr 21, 2014

Edited by Joel Williams
This week’s tracker includes a look at New Hampshire's death penalty repeal bill.

  • New Hampshire: The Senate defeated an attempt to repeal New Hampshire's death penalty after a vote last Thursday ended in a tie. By a tally of 12-12 with all members voting, legislation to end capital punishment in the state did not pass. Legislators then tabled the bill by a unanimous vote. The move makes a second vote before the end of the session possible, if not likely. If the bill comes up for another floor vote and passes, Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) is expected to sign it. Hassan stated previously that she will sign a repeal bill on the condition that the death sentence of Michael Addison, the only person currently on death row in New Hampshire, remains in place. The bill would only affect crimes committed after the start of this year. One Democrat joined 11 Republicans in the no vote and two Republicans voted with 10 Democrats in support. After the vote, Hassan said in a statement, "I know that each Senator listened to all viewpoints and made a difficult decision, and I appreciate the respect they showed for New Hampshire's democratic process." The General Court passed a repeal in 2000 and then-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen (D) vetoed it. Although it is the last state in New England to maintain the death penalty, New Hampshire has not carried out an execution since 1939.[1][2][3][4]
  1. Concord Monitor, "N.H. Senate rejects effort to repeal death penalty," April 17, 2014
  2. Associated Press, "State Senate upholds death penalty; 1 on death row," April 17, 2014
  3. The Wall Street Journal, "Vote to Repeal New Hampshire Death Penalty Falls Short in State Senate," April 17, 2014
  4. The Boston Globe, "N.H. Senate to vote on repeal of death penalty," accessed April 17

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