This week Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval to a bill abolishing the death penalty in their state. The vote was 32-15, which is enough in their unicameral legislature to override a promised veto from Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.
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 death penalty debate in Nebraska was bolstered by many conservatives who opposed the death penalty for fiscal reasons, pro-life beliefs and for a desire to limit the role of government.
Archbishop George Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha was among 15 religious leaders, priests and nuns at a news conference on May 13 calling for an end to the death penalty. In his remarks Archbishop Lucas acknowledged the need for justice, but called for a broader understanding, which values the life of every person.
Posted: May 22, 2015