Montana lawmakers are again considering a bill that would abolish the death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Republican Rep. David Moore of Missoula introduced House Bill 370 Friday in the House Judiciary Committee.

Supporters say the practice is expensive and using it models the idea that killing is a legitimate way to end a conflict. Opponents say it's a needed tool in the justice system. People on both sides of the issue spoke emotionally about their experiences with violence and the death penalty.

Similar bills have made it through the Senate in prior years but in the past two legislative sessions it has failed to gain traction in the House.

The committee did not take action on the measure Friday.