- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two Ohio lawmakers, one Democrat and one Republican, are teaming up in the latest attempt to eliminate capital punishment in the state.

The proposal announced Wednesday would leave life with no chance of parole as the most severe punishment for aggravated murder in Ohio.

The bill’s supporters cite the high cost of capital punishment over keeping inmates in prison for life, racial disparities, the death penalty’s failure to deter crime and Ohio’s recent struggle to obtain lethal injection drugs.

The legislation is the latest in a long line of attempts to eliminate, pause or study Ohio’s 34-year-old death penalty law.

Bill sponsors are state Reps. Nickie Antonio, a Democrat from Lakewood in suburban Cleveland, and Niraj Antani (nih-RAJ’ ahn-TAH’-nee), a Republican from Miami Township near Dayton.

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