Seeking Abolished Death Penalty Nebraska Legislature Votes Against Veto

Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to abolish the death penalty with enough votes to override a promised veto from Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.
The vote was 32 to 15 in Nebraska's unicameral Legislature.
If that vote holds in a veto override, Nebraska would become the first conservative state to repeal the death penalty since North Dakota in 1973.
The Nebraska vote is notable in the national debate over capital punishment because it was bolstered by conservatives who oppose the death penalty for religious reasons and say it is a waste of taxpayer money.



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