A California legislative committee has approved a Berkeley lawmaker's proposal to allow voters to decide whether to abolish the death penalty.

The Assembly's Public Safety Committee approved legislation by Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) that would put a measure on the ballot replacing the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole as the state's most extreme punishment.

The bill must clear several other legislative hurdles before making it to the ballot.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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