States pass new laws on guns, abortions and the death penalty

In this photograph taken late on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, the gold dome of the Colorado State Capitol is bathed by lights. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter kicked off a campaign on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, to raise $12 million to fix the Capitol's gold dome by signing legislation to create a combined public and private financing and fundraising campaign over the next two years. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


States pass new laws on guns, abortions and the death penalty

While Congress has gotten mired in gridlock, state legislatures have moved on a number of hot-button issues this year. Below, a look at trends in state laws on guns, abortions and the death penalty.Ending the death penaltyStates that have no death penalty. (Source: Stateline)Maryland lawmakers voted in March to end executions in favor of life in prison without the possibility of parole. When Gov. Martin O'Malley signs the bill, as expected, Maryland will become the 18th state (plus Washington, D.C.) …

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