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February 12, 2015

SD Legislature Dismisses Proposal to Allow Death Penalty Objection

South Dakota legislature dismissed a proposal that would allow South Dakotans obtaining a state issued ID to also register an objection to the death penalty if they are killed in a violent crime, similar to way one registers to be an organ donor. According to a Rapid City Journal article, the House State Affairs Committee voted 10-2 to dismiss the "dying wish" bill. Had it passed, the objections would have been stored and used to fight the death penalty when sentencing the killer.

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