N.H. House votes to repeal death penalty


The New Hampshire House has approved a measure to repeal the state’s death penalty after rejecting an amendment that would have spared the life of the only convict on death row in the state. The House voted 225 to 104 in favor of repeal. Earlier, the chamber voted against an amendment to spare the life of convicted cop killer Michael Addison. The Legislature voted to repeal capital punishment in 2000, but Governor Jeanne Shaheen vetoed the bill. Governor Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, has said she supports repeal as long as it is not applied retroactively to Addison’s case. The measure goes next to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it faces an uncertain future.

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