Legislature members discuss the death penalty

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Cheyenne, Wyo. - Both republicans and democrats joined together at Friday's legislative session in an attempt to repeal the death penalty.

Although it failed, sponsors of the bill say doing so could have saved Wyoming as much as $725,000.

But despite the appeal of budget savings, it was moral concerns that ended up swaying majority of house members.

Wyoming has not executed any criminals since 1992. And sponsors of the bill say it is costing too much money to see and hear appeals of those convicted and facing death row. And they argue it would be more cost effective to just sentence that person to life in prison

Although lethal injection is generally a controversial divisive topic between the two parties, some republicans in the house are acknowledging their changing stance,

"The republican party stands on a platform of pro-life and that's one of the reasons why I'm on this, "Rep. Landon Brown said. "We cannot sit there and fight for the unborn if we're not fighting for those that have a living heartbeat here on earth as well."