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Conn. House debates death penalty repeal bill; critics and advocates both predict passage
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ' Lawmakers in Connecticut's House of Representatives are discussing and proposing amendments to a high-profile death penalty repeal bill.
By Wednesday night they had debated for more than eight hours.
The repeal bill is expected to pass. That would move Connecticut one step closer to becoming the 17th state to ban capital punishment.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he will sign the bill into law.
After years of failed attempts to repeal a death penalty law on the books in Connecticut for more than 150 years, lawmakers were able to garner support by making the legislation prospective ' affecting future crimes and not the 11 men currently on death row.
Despite passing two Senate provisions, House members have voted down multiple amendments to the bill.