Death Penalty

Republican Lawmaker Introducing Death Penalty Bill in Iowa

Would also allow chemical castration for sex crimes

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A Republican state senator called for Statehouse public hearings on the death penalty during an emotional news conference Friday.

State Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Milo, has championed the idea of reintroducing the death penalty in Iowa since the abduction and killing of Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook, 10, this summer.