Today, less than a week before Florida is set to perform their 70th execution, a Democrat in the Florida House of Representatives has filed a bill to abolish the death penalty in Florida. According to the Florida Courier Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, filed measure HB4051, which would do away with the death penalty and instead sentence Florida’s worst offenders to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Vasilinda said the measure could save the state a lot of money by doing away with the lengthy appellate process required by death row cases, without endangering public safety.
“If the issue is public safety, we can save money and put more law enforcement on the streets,” Vasilinda said Thursday. “it just seems that the money could be better spent.”
According to the Florida Courier, Vasilinda filed an identical bill last year, which died without being heard.