SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he hasn’t decided yet if he’ll veto a measure abolishing the death penalty that the conservative state Legislature could send to his desk.
Herbert told reporters Thursday that he’s in favor of capital punishment for extreme cases but he’ll study the arguments for and against abolishing the practice.
The Republican governor says there are good arguments to be made that years of appeals by death row inmates gives little closure to families of victims and that life in prison without parole is less expensive.
Utah’s GOP-controlled Senate on Wednesday voted to repeal the practice. The Republican lawmaker pushing to abolish capital punishment thinks the House of Representatives will approve it too.
The House must approve it sometime before lawmakers adjourn at midnight on March 10.
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