The Nebraska state legislature passed a bill effectively banning the death penalty on Wednesday and did so by a wide enough margin to override any veto by the governor. LB268 was sponsored by Senator Ernie Chambers and was approved with a 32-15 majority which followed two hours of debate and a filibuster. While the governor claimed the death penalty retained “overwhelming support” in Nebraska, the bill would replace it with a life sentence instead. If Governor Pete Ricketts does veto the bill, 30 votes will be needed for an override. 

To learn more about this significant legislation, read the full article here:http://journalstar.com/legislature/article_50a52813-b3f5-5c11-8af7-f4a5c962120b.html.