of the number of states that have bills pending that would abolish the death penalty until I ran across this article.
It seems that the current budget/revenue crisis is having some positive effects as states are considering the millions of dollars squandered on death sentences. In addition to the numerous policy failures of capital punishment, it is 2-5 times more expensive than life in prison without parole. Then factor in how many death sentence and/or convictions are overturned and you have a better idea of the real failure rate of this policy.
Will states like Idaho act responsibly? Probably not in my lifetime. But the momentum is growing.