State legislators overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto of LB 268, repealing the death penalty in Nebraska.
The Unicameral voted 30-19 on Sen. Ernie Chambers’ motion to override the veto. Chambers sponsors the measure, the latest in his 40-year fight to end capital punishment in Nebraska.
The vote came after nearly three-and-a-half hours of debate in a solemn, quiet legislative chamber at the Capitol.
Earlier, the Unicameral voted 32-15 to pass LB 268, with two senators abstaining. Gov. Ricketts followed through with his promise to veto the measure.
Two senators who previously voted to repeal the death penalty, voted to sustain the governor’s veto. Two senators who had not voted earlier, voted to sustain the veto.
[Editor’s note: due to heightened interests and repeated requests, we have added more audio to this story than initially posted. The story now includes most of the Unicameral debate on the override of LB 268. Some debate was missed when we switched sound cards.]
AUDIO: Sen. Ernie Chambers opens on his motion to override the veto of LB 268 [8 minutes, 40 seconds]
AUDIO: Unicameral debate on the override of LB 268. [1 hour, 45 minutes]
AUDIO: End of Unicameral debate on the override of LB 268 (includes vote). [40 minutes]