The death penalty saga continues in Nebraska. This past week the Nebraska Secretary of State certified signatures on a petition drive mounted to re-instate the death penalty in the state.
In May, a bill abolishing the death penalty was passed by the unicameral legislature only to be vetoed by Governor Pete Ricketts (R). During a dramatic veto session lawmakers then overrode the veto with the exact number of votes needed.
Governor Ricketts then helped organize and fund a petition drive to put the measure before the citizens of the state in November, 2016. The Nebraska Secretary of State has certified that Nebraskans for the Death Penalty has collected over 143,00 valid signatures.
The state has not executed anyone since 1997 and does not currently possess any drugs to carry out lethal injections.