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.
Many lawmakers said it was among the toughest issues they’d ever voted on. Some cried.
The bill now heads to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk. Once it arrives, he has 10 days to act on it, and he has said he will sign it into law.
There are currently three men on Colorado’s death row, and Polis’ office said there are currently no requests pending to change their sentences.
“All clemency requests are weighty decisions that the Governor will judge on their individual merits,” spokesman Conor Cahill said in a statement.
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