Washington House committee approves death penalty repeal bill

Bill to abolish death penalty doesn’t pass out of committee

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A House committee has passed a measure to repeal the state’s death penalty law, but whether it will receive vote by the full House is still uncertain.

The bill would make permanent a 2018 state Supreme Court ruling that struck down capital punishment as arbitrary and racially biased.

The measure would remove capital punishment as a sentencing option for aggravated murder and mandating instead a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole.

Gov. Jay Inslee has said he will sign it if it makes it to his desk.

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