Gov. Pete Ricketts confirms he will veto the bill repealing the death penalty and Ricketts calls on Nebraskans to let their senators know how they feel.
Ricketts says he has been talking with state senators since they approved LB 268, which would repeal the death penalty in Nebraska.
Ricketts says public opinion can be persuasive on the issue.
The Unicameral voted 32-15 to end capital punishment. Three senators would have to switch their votes to sustain a veto.
Ricketts hasn’t formally vetoed the bill, yet, but says he will, but signals that he will return the bill on Tuesday.
Ricketts says while he is making his views known to individual senators, he needs Nebraskans to do the same.
“Here in our unique system of government in Nebraska where we have a Unicameral, the people are the second house. And if you feel strongly that the death penalty is an important tool for public safety and that we should retain it here in this state, please reach out to your senator,” Ricketts says. “I’m guessing most of the senators have gone home for the Memorial Day weekend. This would be a great time to reach out and talk to them, have a conversation and let them know how important it is that they sustain my veto on the death penalty.”
Ricketts declines to disclose which senators he has been speaking to.