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Nevada Assembly Votes To Ban Death Penalty

A Democrat-led bill could make Nevada the next state to ban the death penalty.

The bill was approved by the Assembly on a party-line vote Tuesday afternoon. It would spare any inmate currently awaiting execution and change their sentence to life without parole instead.

It’s the closest a death penalty ban has ever gotten to becoming law in the Silver State, which hasn’t carried out an execution since 2006.

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The bill still faces a vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate and must be signed into law by Steve Sisolak — also a Democrat — before it can take effect. 

Bert is a reporter and producer based in Reno, where he covers the state legislature and stories that resonate across Nevada. He began his career in journalism after studying abroad during the summer of 2011 in Egypt, during the Arab Spring. Before he joined Nevada Public Radio and Capital Public Radio, Bert was a contributor at KQED and the Sacramento News & Review. He was also a photographer, video editor and digital producer at the East Bay Express.