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An Issue That Transcends Politics

Rep. Floyd

For the first time since 1980, a Republican lawmaker has introduced legislation to repeal the death penalty. State Representative David Floyd, joined by State Representative Julie Raque Adams, another Republican, filed House Bill 330. Six others have joined them by co-sponsoring the bill.

Sen. Neal

Earlier in this session, State Senator Gerald Neal, a Democrat and former supporter of executions, also filed a bill to repeal the death penalty, Senate Bill 77, with two co-sponsors. Both Sen. Neal and Rep. Floyd are seeking additional co-sponsors from both parties.

This issue transcends politics. In the past several years five states have abolished the death penalty because lawmakers from across the spectrum passed repeal bills and governors signed them: Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, New Mexico, and Connecticut. New York’s death penalty was struck down by its Supreme Court and legislators have not moved to reinstate it.

So far, constituents and others have been contacting lawmakers urging them to co-sponsor and support passage of one of these two bills. Easily done, you can call 1.800.372.7181 to leave a message for those who represent you. Call even if you don’t know who your legislators are, because those who answer can readily give you their names based on where you live.

We encourage you to come to Frankfort to meet with your legislators or set up a meeting in their districts. Shekina Lavalle, KCADP Outreach Coordinator, is ready to help you. So is our really eager intern, Kate Mudd. Call Shekinah at 502.636.1330 or click here to email her. So far Kate, along with Michael VonAllmen, one of Kentucky’s several wrongfully convicted persons, have impressed several lawmakers with their visits. All are welcome to get active on this issue.

Watch Michael VonAllmen tell his story to a group at Centre College.

Photos: Kentucky General Assembly Legislative Research Commission

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