After years of hard work and education, the Nebraska unicameral legislature on Wednesday voted to override Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto of a bill to end the death penalty in that state. By a vote of 30-19 the Republican-led chamber provided the necessary votes needed to end capital punishment in Nebraska.
Nebraska is the first conservative state to end the death penalty since North Dakota did so in 1973. Overall, Nebraska is the 19th state to abolish the death penalty, six of those states have done so since 2007. Nebraska had only executed 3 individuals since it re-instated the death penalty in 1973.
The Nebraska Catholic Conference played a leadership role in the efforts to pass the repeal bill. Archbishop George Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha was among a group of religious leaders who actively advocated on behalf of the repeal measure.
Posted: May 29, 2015