Effort launched to ban death penalty – Associated Press, February 4, 2013

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Four Montana legislators spearheading a bipartisan effort to replace the death penalty with life in prison say they have a good chance of success this session.

The anti-death penalty group Montana Abolition Coalition introduced their proposal Monday with two Democratic and two Republican sponsors.

Efforts to repeal the death penalty have cleared the state Senate the last two legislative sessions but died in the House. Backers said they are going to start in the House this time in an effort to get the measure to a floor debate in that chamber.