HELENA – A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate plan to introduce a bill to abolish the death penalty in Montana.
The proposed measure would replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The bill, which has not yet been introduced, is co-sponsored by Rep. Doug Kary, R-Billings; Rep. Margie MacDonald, D-Billings; Sen. Matthew Rosendale, R-Glendive; and Sen. Dave Wanzenried, D-Missoula.
Similar efforts to abolish the death penalty have failed in past legislative sessions. The bill cleared the Senate in 2009 and 2011 before dying in the House Judiciary Committee.