The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a measure aimed at preventing death-row inmates from filing repeated appeals in an effort to delay their executions.
The House voted 60-5 to approve a bill that has already been passed by the Senate.
It will become law if signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
Attorney General Marty Jackley proposed the measure, saying limits are needed in death-penalty cases because some cases are tied up in appeals for 2 decades.
People convicted of crimes in South Dakota can appeal their convictions and sentences to the South Dakota Supreme Court.
The bill says convicts who lose their 1st direct appeal can only file 1 additional appeal in most cases.
(source: Associated Press)