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Sun May 18, 2014

N.H. House Tries Again For Death Penalty Repeal, Loses Senate Supporter

Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR
New Hampshire's House has twice passed legislation to repeal the death penalty with the governor's blessing, but the second attempt has cost them a key supporter in the Senate.   Republican Sen. Bob Odell, who voted for repeal, said Friday that he won't vote to take up the issue again.  The first bill stalled in the Senate on a 12-12 vote last month, but supporters may have overplayed their hand by sending a second bill to the Senate for a vote Thursday. The Senate has the option of passing the amended bill, killing it or asking the House to compromise.    Odell says his position is that the Senate has already had its vote on the death penalty.