Early last month, I traveled to Frankfurt, Kentucky to testify in support of a repeal bill sponsored by Rep. David Floyd, a conservative Republican. I was joined by a former prosecutor and a sitting judge who both called on the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee to pass the measure. You can watch the entire testimony here.
Nearly 15 different papers covered Kentucky’s attempt to send a repeal bill to the House of Representatives, featuring CCATDP. You can read what Governing, the Lexington Herald Leader, Messenger Inquirer, WEKU, and the Richmond Register wrote about the effort.
The bill was given a vote in the Commonwealth’s House Judiciary Committee for the first time since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. It was an exciting moment for many Kentuckians who crowded into the committee room to observe the proceedings. In fact, there was standing room only, and an overflow room was opened to accommodate the influx of people hoping to end the death penalty. However, by a 9 to 8 margin, the bill narrowly missed being sent to the House floor.