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Delaware House to vote on abolishing death penalty in state

January 28, 2016

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware House is set to vote on a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state.

The bill is set to be voted on Thursday. It narrowly cleared the Senate last year but had been languishing in a House committee until the chairman agreed last week to release it.

Judiciary Committee members voted 6-5 last May not to send the bill to the full House after it narrowly cleared the Senate on an 11-to-9 vote.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has said he would sign the measure if it reaches his desk.

The bill would abolish capital punishment for first-degree murder, although it would not apply to inmates now on death row.

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