MONTANA (USA): STATE SENATE PASSES DEATH PENALTY BAN
February 17, 2009: The state Senate has voted 27 to 23 to abolish the death penalty in Montana. Senate Bill 236, sponsored by Sen. Dave Wanzenried, D-Missoula, passed third reading and will now go to the House for a vote.
The final Senate vote was mostly along party lines, except for six Republicans who voted for SB 236 and two Democrats who voted against it.
Should House members also support the bill, the death penalty would be replaced in Montana with life in prison without the possibility of parole. (Sources: queencitynews.com, 19/02/2009)