Mike Beebe Says He'd Sign Bill Outlawing Death Penalty

by Andrew DeMillo  on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 3:09 pm  

The Republican and Democratic leaders of the House said Tuesday that there was little interest in any efforts to repeal the death penalty.

House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, said he supports the death penalty and doesn't think lawmakers want to eliminate capital punishment in the state.

"I'm not interested in revoking the death penalty here," Carter said.

House Minority Leader Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, said he supports repealing the death penalty but agreed that it would be "very difficult" to pass out of the Legislature.

"I doubt that we'll see such a bill filled," he said. "In a session where we know that we're going to have a lot of fights over Medicaid, people's appetite for adding more controversy might not be there."

Senate President Michael Lamoureux, R-Russellville, said he personally supports keeping the death penalty but that it was too early to gauge what type of interest there would be in the state Senate for repealing it.

"I took the governor's comments as an invitation for someone to act," he said. "The question will be if there is an individual member who is going to introduce this."

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