Nebraska poised to abolish the death penalty

LINCOLN, NE - Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval to a bill abolishing the death penalty with enough votes to override a promised veto from Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.

The 32-15 vote on Wednesday was bolstered by conservative senators who oppose capital punishment for fiscal, religious and pragmatic reasons.

If that vote holds in a veto override, Nebraska would become the first conservative state to repeal the death penalty since 1973.

Full story: WJFW

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