House Votes to Repeal Death Penalty

90-56.

Not enough to override a veto if Gov. Rell decides to use that option. Rell has maintained strong support for the death penalty.

Update: It was a long, emotional debate in the House. The House Republicans put up this video of Rep. Labriola giving a defense of the death penalty.

If other videos go up of today’s debate, I’ll be happy to embed them here.

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11 responses to “House Votes to Repeal Death Penalty

  1. Let’s see…there was ONE person executed in Connecticut over the last 30 years; yet there are literally THOUSANDS with no health care, jobs, or homes. Right now.

    Hmmm…good to see they’re worrying about the important issues.

    Jeez! C’mon guys, fix something that counts!

  2. Bruce Rubenstein

    a veto is certain and an over-ride problematic….it still was important to bring out regardless…

  3. Hmmm…good to see they’re worrying about the important issues.

    Jeez! C’mon guys, fix something that counts!

    So you’re upset with the Democratic leadership in the General Assembly for bringing up this bill instead of focusing on other priorities?

  4. So you’re upset with the Democratic leadership in the General Assembly for bringing up this bill instead of focusing on other priorities?

    More like frustrated at the performance of the legislature in general, not just the Democrats. Toni Boucher’s disgraceful filibuster also pissed me off. That one issue affects many more lives than the death penalty, but god forbid they actually act upon it.

  5. In his opening remarks, Labriola says that he has nothing to say to those who oppose the death penalty on religious or philosophical grounds. It seems odd that he should concede the high moral ground so easily. Shouldn’t our laws reflect our morals?

    He goes on to say that a majority of people in Connecticut approve of the death penalty, but oppose the endless appeals. If a majority of the people feel that we should segregate blacks and whites, should we do so?

  6. … frustrated at the performance of the legislature in general….

    Ya know Bob….I knew there was a reason I liked you.

    Toni Boucher’s disgraceful filibuster also pissed me off.

    When a Republican finds themselves to the right of the late Wm F. Buckley on a social issue – they should re-think their position.

    In my inaugural post 3 years ago I gave fair warning that occasionally I’d show no mercy:

    Who are these characters calling themselves Republicans?

    “….dedicated to exposing so called Republicans that refuse to remain true to the root cause of the party’s original formation.
    Less government.
    Minimize over-regulation

  7. BristolDem

    Just wanted to say that I respect Bob and ACR (even though we usually disagree) tremendously because they aren’t afraid to call their own out on the carpet from time to time. I agree with Bob on this issue, let’s focus on the bigger issues, please.

    This isn’t a bad debate to have, just a bad time to have it.

  8. This isn’t a bad debate to have, just a bad time to have it.

    I don’t have any issue with killing the death penalty; it costs too much to impose and there’s the outside chance that some poor schmuck’s been framed up like the Mona Lisa.

    I just wish all the members of my party would act it and look out for the taxpayers interest first, especially on a bill like that one where there’s no possible way to be sorry for it later. (Like injecting an innocent guy – what’s that lawsuit going to cost us anyway???)

    Then there’s that Toni Boucher who after feigning tears (over pot?!!) manages to kill a perfectly reasonable bill that would have saved taxpayers some serious money *and* kept a load of dopey kids with reletively clean records.

    I’m a Republican primarly because I’d like LESS governement and banning a weed doesn’t seem like less to me.

    Besides – if we’re going to ban noxious weeds let’s add crabgrass so that neighbors that let it go to seed and blow around (to my yard) can be busted for it – the no good bastards; jail’s too good for them I tell ya; we gotta bring back chain gangs!

  9. More like frustrated at the performance of the legislature in general, not just the Democrats. Toni Boucher’s disgraceful filibuster also pissed me off. That one issue affects many more lives than the death penalty, but god forbid they actually act upon it.

    Ah, no worries then. Just making sure. With the ridiculous majority Democrats have up in Hartford I just wanted to make sure you were frustrated with the right people.

    Do you have a link to anything about the filibuster you mentioned? I hadn’t read about it.

  10. Thanks for the link Bob.

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