CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill to repeal the death penalty in New Hampshire is on its way to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who reaffirmed Thursday that he would veto it. The bill would change the penalty for capital murder to life in prison without parole. The House passed the measure 223-116 on Thursday. The Senate had passed it earlier. “I stand with crime victims, members of the law enforcement community, and advocates for justice in opposing a repeal of the death penalty,” Sununu said in a statement. “A top priority of my administration has been to strengthen laws for crime victims and their families.” A two-thirds majority in both chambers is needed to override vetoes. “We are very close,” to getting the votes needed to override a veto by the governor, said Rep. Renny Cushing, a Democrat from Hampton whose father and brother-in-law were murdered in separate incidents. Cushing is opposed to the death penalty and has lobbied for years to repeal it. “We will continue doing public education and having private conversations with members who are wrestling with this issue,” Cushing said. The last time the House and the Senate voted to repeal the death penalty was 2000,… Read full this story
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