CHEYENNE – Wyoming Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty is pleased to announce a bill has been filed in the 2020 Legislature to repeal the state’s death penalty. House Bill 166 represents the number of wrongfully convicted and exonerated individuals since capital punishment resumed in 1976.
There are 39 co-sponsors of the bill in both houses, more than twice as many as last year’s repeal bill, and 26 of them are Republicans, according to a news release.
“As conservatives we simply do not trust the government to get it right and the number of people freed from death rows backs us up, which is why we numbered the bill 166,” said the prime sponsor of the bill, Rep. Jared Olsen, R-Cheyenne. “And as fiscal conservatives we cannot justify spending about a million dollars a year on a program our state has not used in nearly three decades.”
Wyoming is part of a nationwide trend of conservative Republican state legislators rethinking the death penalty and leading efforts to end it. Last year there were 56 Republican death penalty repeal sponsors in 10 states, according to the release.
“Ending the death penalty is the conservative thing to do,” said Kylie Taylor, state coordinator of Wyoming Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. “It will cut costs to taxpayers, protect the sanctity of human life, and guard against the government overreaching and executing an innocent person.”