Thursday, May 24, 2007

Senate Approves Death Penalty Study

State Senate Unanimously Approves Death Penalty Study Bill

Today the State Senate unanimously approved Senator Doug Jackson's bill to create a study commission to examine the fairness and accuracy of Tennessee's death penalty (SB 1911). This bill represents a huge step forward in our fight to bring the deadly flaws in Tennessee's death penalty to light. TCASK has worked hard, in conjunction to the Catholic Public Policy Commission, the ACLU of Tennessee, and NAMI Tennessee, to build broad support for this legislation, and all your phone calls, letters, emails, and visits paid off today.


In the House, the bill (HB 2162), sponsored by Representative Rob Briley (D-Nashville) is currently making its way through the subcommittees of the Finance, Ways and Means committee, after which it should head to the floor for a vote. HB 2162 has co-sponsors from both parties and from East, Middle, and West Tennessee. This weekend, email your representative and ask them to vote in favor of House Bill 2162 when it comes to the floor!

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