Colorado lawmakers to debate repealing death penalty on Tuesday

DENVER - A bill abolishing the death penalty in Colorado will get an initial vote in the state House Tuesday.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony on the controversial bill at 1:30 p.m.

There are three men on Colorado's death row, but the bill would not affect them if it becomes law because it can't apply to current cases. That means the case of the Aurora theater shooting suspect will also not be affected by the proposal.

One Colorado lawmaker is proposing a countermeasure to put the repeal question to voters.

The debate comes as Maryland is poised to become the 18th state in the country to repeal the death penalty.

Lawmakers there approved a bill last week, and the governor is expected to sign it.
 

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