Nevada Execution-Legal Challenges

FILE - This Nov. 10, 2016 file photo released by the Nevada Department of Corrections shows the newly completed execution chamber at Ely State Prison in Ely, Nev.  (Nevada Department of Corrections via AP, file).

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A bill aimed at abolishing the death penalty in Nevada failed in the legislature, according to state politicians.

Assembly Bill 395 looked to abolish the death penalty in the state. Nevada has not performed an execution since 2006.

“At this time, there is no path forward for Assembly Bill 395 this legislative session," Gov. Steve Sisolak said. "I’ve been clear on my position that capital punishment should be sought and used less often, but I believe there are severe situations that warrant it.

"I understand there are those who will be disappointed by this outcome, however the process of determining which crimes are severe enough to warrant this punishment deserves thoughtful consideration," Sisolak said.

Nevada Democratic leaders said legislators couldn't come to a consensus on how to move forward with the bill.

Over the past few weeks, we've had a series of discussions regarding a viable path forward on AB 395, and I appreciate the bill sponsor's willingness to work on potential amendments to restrict the application of the death penalty while balancing concerns about complete abolition. Unfortunately, we have not yet found consensus on the bill, and it is unlikely that we would in the remaining few weeks of the session. This decision understandably will disappoint many advocates, but it will also not change our commitment to moving other critical legislation this session reforming policing practices, the bail system, and other important aspects of our criminal justice system.

Nicole Cannizzaro, Senate Majority Leader

We have been working through potential amendments that could restrict the application of the death penalty, but it has been a difficult task with all of the many considerations that go into these cases,” Speaker Frierson said. “While we are disappointed that we could not get across the finish line this session on AB395, we have to accept that there is a process and many of our priorities don't ultimately come to fruition. We will continue working on policies we believe are sound and continue working with our colleagues on meaningful reform to the inequities that exist in our criminal justice system.

Jason Frierson, Assembly Speaker

The Nevada Assembly passed the bill in April. The Nevada Senate never took a vote on the bill.

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