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House panel moves forward death penalty bill

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Posted at 11:14 PM, Apr 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-16 23:14:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that would speed up the death penalty in Florida has cleared a House panel.

The House Judiciary committee Tuesday advanced the bill (HB 7083) by a 14-4 vote. It creates tighter timeframes for appeals and post-conviction motions and imposes reporting requirements on case progress.

Jeff Nelson told committee members to spare future families the long wait his family endured. His 10-year-old sister Elisa was abducted and killed by a man who was executed last week after 32 years. And 28 people now on Death Row have been there even longer.