Nebraska Abolishes The Death Penalty

The Nebraska legislature voted on Wednesday to override Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto on a bill to abolish the death penalty. The legislature voted in support of bill LB268, making Nebraska the first conservative state in decades to ban executions.
The repeal passed with just enough votes after two lawmakers changed their minds. Senators Jerry Johnson and John Murante both voted for the bill originally, but voted against the override on Wednesday.
The legislature voted overwhelmingly last week — with a veto-proof majority of 32 to 15 — to repeal the death penalty.