Wisconsin Debates 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.