source: NyMag News
published: 31 January 2020
A historic vote on Friday has cleared the way for almost certain repeal of the death penalty in Colorado. The state senate voted 19–13 to advance SB20-100 to the Colorado House of Representatives, where experts and observers believe it will pass easily.
Governor Jared Polis, a Democrat, is expected to sign the bill into law. Colorado is one of four states where the death penalty is currently under an official moratorium issued by a governor, but with SB20-100’s passage, it would become the 22nd to do away with capital punishment altogether.
The measure cleared this key hurdle with three Republicans voting in favor, all of whom co-sponsored the bill. Its most vocal opponent was a Democrat, Rhonda Fields, whose unusually personal stake in the outcome — the men convicted of murdering her son, Javan Fields, are two of the three inmates on Colorado’s death row today — has made her an outspoken advocate for capital punishment throughout her career in politics, according to the Denver Post.
She spoke out against abolition once more on Thursday ahead of a key procedural vote, which was set to determine whether the bill would advance to a full senate ruling. But this time around, its proponents had the votes; Thursday’s outcome was seen as all but guaranteeing that SB20-100 would eventually become law.