State Representative Arthur J. O’Neill (R-69) said today that this state’s citizens deserve an opportunity to have a greater say in whether Connecticut should repeal its death penalty – a significant policy change that has far-reaching implications for residents, law enforcement agencies and families forever affected by heinous crimes.
Members of the House of Representatives voted last week to repeal the state's death penalty -- a controversial move that defies public opinion, as the most recent Quinnipiac poll shows that 67% of residents oppose repeal.
O’Neill has urged Gov. Dannel Malloy to veto the controversial bill and instead urge the legislature to set a non-binding Election Day referendum on the issue.
Rep. O’Neill’s amendment was met with opposition from majority Democrats, one of whom dismissed a public referendum – a cornerstone of our democratic system – as nothing more than "mob rule."
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“The people of Connecticut deserve an opportunity to have a greater say on this important issue that will have serious ramifications for public safety and criminal justice. A non-binding public vote would enable lawmakers to make a responsible decision based on the thoughts and beliefs of the people of Connecticut.” Rep. O’Neill said.
“Residents deserve to have a say in the decision making process for this crucial legislation. I urge Governor Malloy to veto this bill and tell the legislature to reconsider a referendum.” Rep. O’Neill said.