Published: Apr 16, 2013 5:43 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A bill that would speed up the death penalty in Florida has cleared a House panel.
The House Judiciary committee Tuesday advanced the bill (HB 7083) by a 14-4 vote. It creates tighter timeframes for appeals and post-conviction motions and imposes reporting requirements on case progress.
Jeff Nelson told committee members to spare future families the long wait his family endured. His 10-year-old sister Elisa was abducted and killed by a man who was executed last week after 32 years. And 28 people now on Death Row have been there even longer.

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