SANTA FE – Governor Bill Richardson released the following statement regarding the passage of a bill that would repeal the death penalty: “This is an extremely difficult issue that deserved the serious and thoughtful debate it received in the Legislature,” said Governor Bill Richardson. “I have met with many people and will continue to consider all sides of the issue before making a decision.”
Governor Richardson has three days from the time he receives the bill until he must take action (excluding Sunday.) Persons interested in providing their input to Governor Richardson about the bill to repeal the death penalty have two options: 1. Call 505-476-2225 and leave a message. People can urge the Governor to either sign or veto the bill, or they can leave a message with their opinion about the issue. 2. E-mail the Governor through his web site at: www.governor.state.nm.us Click on “Contact the Governor” and follow the prompts. The Governor’s staff will work through the weekend to tally people’s positions and provide the Governor with the opinions.