The House measure eliminates the death penalty from the punishment available for people convicted of aggravated first-degree murder, leaving life in prison without parole as the top conviction.
In a joint statement, Democratic representatives Reuven Carlyle of Seattle and Tina Orwall of Des Moines and Republican Rep. Maureen Walsh of Walla Walla say that the death penalty is "immoral, unfairly implemented, and appeals to society's most violent instincts rather than love and compassion."
They also say that the death penalty is costly to taxpayers because of the appeals process.
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