Louisiana House ends death penalty ban debate without vote

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's annual debate over whether to abolish the death penalty appears to have ended, after a House lawmaker shelved his proposal without a vote.

In a quiet, often emotional debate, House lawmakers Thursday discussed the legislation by Rep. Terry Landry, talking about exoneration rates and detailing murder cases.

After he made his closing argument, Landry - a New Iberia Democrat and former state police superintendent - didn't seek a vote on the bill. He didn't have the votes for passage.

The measure would have ended Louisiana's use of the death penalty for offenses committed starting in August.

The Senate rejected a similar proposal from Sen. Dan Claitor, a Baton Rouge Republican, earlier in the session. Only 13 senators supported the ban, while 25 opposed it.

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House Bill 215: www.legis.la.gov

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