TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida lawmakers are rejecting calls to scrap the death penalty in the state.
A Florida House panel on Thursday voted down a bill that called for the end of capital punishment. Florida currently has more than 400 inmates on Death Row — the second highest total in the nation.
Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, and sponsor of the bill (HB 4005) said the death penalty is too costly and is wrong for moral and ethical reasons. She also questioned whether it is a crime deterrent.
But other legislators defended the use of capital punishment.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, called the death penalty essential to public safety and justice in the state.