Death penalty: Oregon weighs changes to law

Death penalty: Oregon weighs changes to law

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state Senate panel is set to review bills Monday that could significantly reshape capital punishment in the state.

Supporters and opponents agree the measures would result in fewer death penalty cases in Oregon.

None of the proposals go as far as a bill recently signed into law in Illinois that eliminated the death penalty there entirely.

Oregon Democratic state Sen. Floyd Prozanski, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, says the time isn't right for a full repeal in Oregon.

The bills would create more barriers for prosecutors seeking to pursue the death penalty. One of the measures would move part of the cost of capital cases to county governments.

Oregon has 36 people on death row, but there have been no executions since 1997.


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