Monday, March 16, 2009

New Mexico votes to abolish death penalty

The biggest story coming across my desk this morning is the news of the New Mexico legislature voting to abolish the death penalty. Governor Bill Richardson is asking for public input on whether to sign the bill, and he has established a hotline to take calls.

The number is (505) 476-2225. According to DKos, "The number will record your request. There is no human being on the phone, just a recorder."

And according to TalkLeft, "If you are near Santa Fe, the Governor is holding meetings with the public tomorrow from 2:30 to 5, first come-first get five minutes with him to tell him your position."

From an article in the New Mexico Independent newspaper:

From a political standpoint, there’s every reason in the world for him to sign the bill and few reasons for him to veto it.

The New Mexico Senate sent House Bill 285, sponsored by state Rep. Gail Chasey, D-Albuquerque, to the governor today on a vote of 24-18. It’s the most significant legislation to head the governor’s desk so far this session.

Richardson put out a statement that says he’s still undecided on whether he’ll sign the bill.

“This is an extremely difficult issue that deserved the serious and thoughtful debate it received in the Legislature,” Richardson said. “I have met with many people and will continue to consider all sides of the issue before making a decision.”
If you'll excuse me, I have to go make a call.

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