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Bill to abolish the death penalty prefiled in Kentucky

On Sept. 17, 2009, Rep. Tom Burch (D-Louisville) (right) prefiled bill HB45Tom_Burch that would abolish the death penalty in Kentucky:

AN ACT relating to the abolition of the death penalty.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 532 to abolish the death penalty and require the court with jurisdiction over a person sentenced to death to sentence the person to imprisonment for life without benefit of probation or parole

Clearly KCADP supports this bill. Please ask your representative to cosponsor HB45.

(To find out who your state legislator is, visit Project Vote Smart and enter your nine-digit zip code. Then ask him or her to cosponsor the bill via the legislative message line at 800-372-7181 or TTY message line at 800-896-0305.)

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  1. Charlie Wilton says

    You go, Tom! This is not the first time that Rep. Burch has filed similar bills. Let’s get him some co-sponsors this time.

  2. Pat says

    This is another reason for Kentuckians to plan to attend the annual NCADP meeting in Louisville, Jan 14 – 17, at the Seelbach. Early registration is now open at This is an opportunity to build the capacity of KCADP in the struggle to abolish the death penalty here.

    And don’t forget to Shout it From the Rooftops: Cameron Todd Willingham, executed in Texas in 1994, was innocent.

  3. Belinda Arnold says

    I hope and pray that someone gets the death penalty abolished. My support and prayers are with you.

  4. Zach Everson says

    Excellent news–we need to make sure this bill gets support!

  5. Don Caudill says

    Anyone with an update on this?

  6. Zach Everson says

    Nothing will happen with it until January at the earliest, Don, when the legislature gets back in session. At this time, supporters of the bill should call their representatives at 800-372-7181 and ask them to cosponsor the bill.

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