After a three-year fight to get her bill heard in the state legislature, Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, saw her death penalty repeal measure defeated Thursday.
The bill went down with a vote of 9-4 against the measure, HB 4005, in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. It’s not particularly surprising that in the state that sentenced the most people to death in 2012, legislators are unwilling to end capital punishment. However, this has been the first year Rehwinkel Vasilinda has been able to get the bill heard in committee, after three years of trying, and supporters of the bill consider it a small victory.
David Royse, of the News Service of Florida, has a thorough report on the bill’s defeat which you can view here.