Senator Joseph Keaveny (D-St. Louis) is determined to find out how much the death penalty costs the state of Missouri. He has filed two measures this year: SB 753, which would require the State Auditor to study the costs of death penalty versus the cost of life without parole; and SCR 27 which would require the Oversight Division of Legislative Research to do the same.
This week, the Senate Committee on Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics heard SCR 27. Testifying in support of the measure, MCC staff reminded the committee that Missouri has had the death penalty for almost 30 years, but has never studied its costs. It is a matter of fiscal responsibility and good stewardship for lawmakers to know the cost of any public policy or program that taxpayers support.
The committee took no action on the measure.
Posted: February 14, 2014