The New Mexico Independent reports that

Immediately after the vote in the Senate on the death penalty repeal, Gov. Bill Richardson issued a statement on the bill. The bill passed 24-18.

“This is an extremely difficult issue that deserved the serious and thoughtful debate it received in the Legislature,” said Richardson. “I have met with many people and will continue to consider all sides of the issue before making a decision.”

The Governor’s Office is asking for public input on the issue. People can call 505-476-2225 or e-mail the governor through his Web site.

Richardson has three days, excluding Sunday, to make a decision on the bill.

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