Wisconsin Debates the Death Penalty

May 5, 2006

This fall, Wisconsin residents may be asked to weigh in on the death penalty.

The state Assembly narrowly approved a public referendum on the issue for the November ballot.

The vote would be non-binding, so Wisconsin's legislature and governor would still have the final say.

State Representative Thomas Lothian personally opposes the death penalty but he wants to hear from the voters.

"Unless I get 80% or 90% of my constituents to say vote the other way, I have to represent my constituents but my particular, personal belief is that we should not reinstate it or instate it," Lothian says.

Wisconsin banned capital punishment 153 years ago.