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Iowa Lawmaker Wants to Bring Back Death Penalty

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker says he plans to introduce a bill to reinstate the death penalty in Iowa, and he's pointing to the deaths of two Iowa girls as his motivation.

State Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Milo, says that he intends to introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session that begins in January.

Sorenson says the discovery Wednesday of the bodies of 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and her cousin, 10-year-old Lyric Cook, have brought the issue of the death penalty to the forefront.

But the chairman of the Iowa Senate's Judiciary Committee, Sen. Gene Fraise, D-Fort Madison, says there is not enough support in the Iowa Legislature for reinstating the death penalty.

Iowa repealed capital punishment in 1965.

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