HB 162 a bill "relative to capital murder for purposely causing the death of another," will come up for a vote in the New Hampshire House of Representatives on January 4, 2012. If the bill is passed by the House, it will proceed to the Senate, which will assign it to a committee and schedule a public hearing later in the year.
Adoption of this bill will lead to a dramatic expansion in the use of the death penalty in New Hampshire.
Action Needed by January 4: Contact your State Representatives to urge them to vote "NO" on HB 162.
The subcommittee that considered the bill in September recommended it be defeated. But when the full committee took it up, they voted 11 to 6 to recommend its passage.
What This Bill Would Do
According to the NH Department of Justice, eight murders in 2008, ten murders in 2009, and five murders in 2010 would have likely been charged as capital murders had this law been in effect.
CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES
* Passage of HB 162 will make NH's death penalty the most expansive in the US and cost NH taxpayers millions of dollars per year. At a time when funds for services such as education and health are being cut, the State cannot afford this measure.
* Expanding the death penalty will expand all its problems, including the conviction of innocent people, prosecutorial misconduct and discriminatory treatment.
* If you agree with Rep. Greazzo that the death penalty should apply to all homicides or to none, then join us in calling for its total repeal.
Click here to find out how to contact your State Representatives.
Now is not the time to expand
the Death Penalty.
NH can't afford it.
For more information on the death penalty go to The NH Coalition to End the Death Penalty's website at www.nodeathpenalty.org