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Washington Senate votes to abolish death penalty

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Senate has passed a measure to abolish the state's death penalty.
  
Senate Bill 6052 passed on a 26-22 bipartisan vote and now heads to the House for consideration. This comes after controversy of multiple failed attempts to abolish it in recent years, including a moratorium put in place by Governor Jay Inslee in 2014. A moratorium postpones execution for inmates on death row.

The Senate measure would remove capital punishment as a sentencing option for aggravated murder and mandate instead a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole.
  
A 2015 study from Seattle University found that death penalty cases in the state cost $1 million more than similar cases where capital punishment is not sought.

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