Nov 20, 2015 7:29 PM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Death penalty opponents led by former "M-A-S-H" star Mike Farrell are cleared to collect signatures for their latest attempt to repeal the ultimate penalty in California.
The secretary of state's office said Friday that backers have until mid-May to gather nearly 366,000 signatures if the measure is to appear on the November 2016 general election ballot.
Voters may be presented with a competing initiative if death penalty supporters gather enough signatures for their proposal to speed up executions by providing more appellate lawyers and speedier appeals.
Opponents' measure would replace the death penalty with life in prison with no possibility of parole. It would apply retroactively to those on death row.
Murderers given life sentences would be required to work in prison, with 60 percent of their wages going to victim restitution.
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