The campaign to bring back capital punishment is about to start its next phase.
Nebraskans for the Death Penalty gathered 166,000 signatures last year to get a referendum on the issue the November General Election ballot.
Group co-founder Bob Evnen says a grassroots campaign will convince voters the death penalty is needed and not a broken system.
“And what I would really hope that the Unicameral would turn its attention to would be how to carry out the sentence and to focus on that instead of just throwing in the towel,” Evnen tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Evnen says they are putting together a coalition of groups and people who believe the state needs to execute those who commit serious crimes.
“It will be a campaign that covers all the bases. It certainly will be a grassroots campaign,” Evnen says. “There are tens and hundreds of thousands of Nebraskans who favor retaining the death penalty – repealing the repeal.”
The legislature repealed the death penalty last year, and the group Retain a Just Nebraska is fighting to keep that from being overturned in November’s election.