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Death penalty opponents gain bipartisan support from Ky. legislators

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Opponents of the death penalty are making another push to ban the practice in Kentucky -- and this time, it's a bipartisan effort.

A Democrat in the Senate and a Republican in the House have both filed anti-death penalty bills. They argue that the death penalty is morally wrong because it is not applied equally -- and they say it costs more to prosecute a death penalty case than to sentence the convicted to life without parole.

"It's not just dollars and cents. It's the way it affects the entire community," said Rep. David Floyd, of Bardstown, Ky. "It's the way it affects the victim's family, the family members of the person who is accused. And the possibility, actually the certainty, that in the past, this nation has executed innocent people."

Death penalty opponents admit they have an uphill battle, but say they believe the tide is slowly turning.

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