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Gov. Scott Remains Mum on How to Fix State's Death Penalty

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Posted at 7:56 AM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 07:56:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Despite an ongoing emotional debate, Gov. Rick Scott is refusing to say how Florida should fix the state's death penalty law.

The Florida Legislature is currently divided over how to rewrite the law after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the current sentencing method unconstitutional. Scott has not made any recommendations, and on Wednesday, he said that he won't weigh in until state legislators send him a bill.

Scott's decision to let legislators work out the details contrasts with former Gov. Jeb Bush. After botched executions threatened Florida's death penalty, Bush called a special session. The governor recommended changes that included the state's switch to lethal injection from the electric chair.

The House and Senate are at odds over whether a jury should unanimously agree to recommend a death sentence.

Florida Gov. remains mum on how to fix state's death penalty

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Despite an ongoing emotional debate, Gov. Rick Scott is refusing to say how Florida should fix the state's death penalty law.

The Florida Legislature is currently divided over how to rewrite the law after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the current sentencing method unconstitutional. Scott has not made any recommendations, and on Wednesday, he said that he won't weigh in until state legislators send him a bill.

Scott's decision to let legislators work out the details contrasts with former Gov. Jeb Bush. After botched executions threatened Florida's death penalty, Bush called a special session. The governor recommended changes that included the state's switch to lethal injection from the electric chair.

The House and Senate are at odds over whether a jury should unanimously agree to recommend a death sentence.