RSS

Nebraska legislature votes to repeal the death penalty

20 May

LINCOLN — In a monumental vote Wednesday, the Nebraska Legislature passed legislation to end the death penalty.

With Gov. Pete Ricketts vowing to veto the repeal bill, attention now turns to an override vote that will likely take place next week.

Lawmakers voted 32-15 Wednesday to give third-round approval to Legislative Bill 268, which replaces lethal injection with a maximum punishment of life in prison. A minimum of 30 votes is needed to override a veto.

As they did during the second round of debate, opponents once again filibustered the bill in an attempt to kill it for the session. But lawmakers voted 34-14 to cut off debate.

While the bill must clear one final and formidable hurdle, supporters of repeal were joyful at the historic step taken Wednesday in the State Capitol.

“I feel very proud to be a member of this Legislature today,” said Sen. Tanya Cook of Omaha.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion said he and other death penalty supporters will give everything they have to make the expected veto stand.

“There should be no doubt this is a liberal Legislature that could care less about the people of Nebraska,” Kintner said moments after the vote.

Read More

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: