TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Senate sent a controversial bill to speed up the death penalty process to Gov. Rick Scott.
The bill, which passed the House last week, would create shorter time frames for the appeals process and take away the governor's discretion of when to order the execution.
Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, the Senate sponsor, said the guilty need to be brought to justice and not allowed to sit on death row for years. The average amount of time spent on death row in Florida is 20 years.
Negron said that makes a "mockery of the court system."
Many Democrats objected to the bill though, noting that it could result in the wrongful execution of an innocent party. Many people are later declared innocent because of new evidence, they argued.
The bill, SB 7083, passed 28-10.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun