Virginia General Assembly approves measure to ban death penalty

Virginia lawmakers approved a House bill to abolish the death penalty, sending it to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

On Monday, HB 2263 won approval by a vote of 22-16 in Virginia’s General Assembly after the measure passed in the House on Feb. 5. Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to sign it.

“That notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person may be sentenced to death or put to death on or after the effective date of this act for any violation of law,” the bill reads.

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