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Time Running Out For Special Session

SALEM, OR -- Time is running out for Republicans at the legislature who want a fix or, a repeal, of what they see as a fatally flawed Death Penalty Bill. The bill takes effect this Sunday. Republicans fear this will lead to 30 current death row inmates either being resentenced or freed. State Senator Tim Knopp says Oregon voters approved the death penalty and if the bill isn’t fixed it should be sent to a vote. Knopp notes the death penalty was approved by voters and says if there's an effort to repeal it, the voters should weigh in on the issue. Supporters of the bill at the legislature asured everyone the bill was not retroactive. The Oregon Department of Justice says it is retroactive. The new death penalty bill is scheduled to take effect Sunday, September 29th 

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