Death Penalty Advisory Referendum Goes To Full Assembly

Voters could give their opinions on whether Wisconsin should restore the death penalty under a resolution approved Thursday by a state Assembly committee.

The resolution calls for an advisory nonbinding referendum on the statewide ballot. The criminal justice committee sent the bill to the full Assembly for consideration.

The state Senate already approved the measure but would need to consider it again if the Assembly passes it because it was amended.

The question now says, "Should the death penalty be enacted in the state of Wisconsin for cases involving a person who is convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, if the conviction is supported by DNA evidence?"