Gov. Pete Ricketts vows to work hard to sustain his coming veto of the bill to repeal the death penalty.
Ricketts has confirmed he will veto Legislative Bill 268 to repeal the death penalty.
“I traveled the state for the last year-and-a-half. I don’t think there’s anybody who’s traveled the state more than I have in the last year-and-a-half and the people I talk to overwhelmingly support the death penalty,” according to Ricketts.
Ricketts, in his first year as governor, has much work to do if he is to be successful in sustaining his veto.
LB 268 passed on a 32-to-15 vote with two senators not voting. Supporters need 30 votes to override the veto.
Ricketts understands he must turn three senators to be successful.
“Well, we’re going to work very hard over the course of the next few days to talk with the senators and, again, this is where I think the second house needs to weigh in as well,” Ricketts says. “But, we’re going to continue to work the process.”
Ricketts has urged Nebraskans to contact their senators and let their opinions on the matter be known. Ricketts theorizes that legislators have grown out of touch with their constituents, leading to their vote to end capital punishment in Nebraska.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]