TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would speed up the state's capital punishment process.
The bill (HB 7083) cleared the Senate on a 28-10 vote Monday. The measure passed the House earlier and now goes to Gov. Rick Scott for his consideration.
Supporters of the bill say it's a "mockery" of the justice system that decades often elapse between the time of conviction and the time of execution.
They say the decades-long process adds to the anguish for the families of victims.
The bill's opponents say the state shouldn't be in a rush to execute inmates because DNA evidence might someday prove a condemned prisoner's innocence.
The measure creates tighter timeframes for appeals, post-conviction motions and imposes reporting requirements on case progress.
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