The vote is the latest state to move away from the death penalty. The United States is one of the few Western nations still imposing the death penalty and citizens in various states are looking at repeals.
That leaves 35 states with capital punishment. If Kansas and Montana repeal the death penalty this month, it could spark a trend that could easily see half of the United States stand against capitol punishment. Kansas will debate the measure today.
There are currently two people on death row in New Mexico, which has only executed one man in the past 49 years, a convicted child killer named Terry Clark in 2001.
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