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Death penalty repeal passes Colorado General Assembly

The Colorado state legislature has taken the historic step of passing a bill to abolish the death penalty, as 21 other states have previously done.

After nearly five hours of debate Wednesday, the state House voted 38-27 for the repeal, with three Democrats joining all 24 House Republicans in voting against the bill.

In total, lawmakers spent about 36 hours debating and taking testimony on the bill since late January, when the bill moved through the Senate.

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