LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – With Nebraska on the brink of outlawing the death penalty, opponents of capital punishment hope this week’s veto-override vote in the Legislature will build momentum for their cause in other Republican states.
Whether that happens is uncertain, but Nebraska isn’t the first right-leaning state to consider banning capital punishment this year.
A bill to abolish the death penalty in Montana came within one vote of passing in February in the Republican-led state House. In Kansas, a GOP state representative took the lead in introducing a repeal bill this year.
Nebraska lawmakers voted 32-15 last week to abolish the death penalty. Gov. Pete Ricketts says he’ll veto the bill and is urging residents to contact their senators and voice support for capital punishment.
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