This was a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee, which ultimately passed the bill and sent it to the floor with an 8 to 5 vote.
For me this is great news. Although New Mexico is not the hotbed of death penalty ethos, abolition there may send a message to the resto of the country. On Wikipedia there's a fascinating table of statistics. Why would Texas have had 400 times more executions than New Mexico since 1976? What could possibly explain such disparity.
On the NCADP site there's a link to a group called Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation. This link offers twenty testimonials, which to my mind represent the best of the religions conservative movement. These are people who have lost loved ones to murder and who are not demanding vengeance. To me this is always one of the most interesting aspects of a death penalty case. I'm gratified to see that not everyone responds like the ones typically highlighted in the news.