Wednesday, 23 January 2008

In Nebraska

In Nebraska

The Beatrice Daily Sun reports, "Death penalty bill signals Chambers' last chance at repeal."

Ernie Chambers has introduced his bill to repeal the death penalty, a battle he's promised to make the priority of his last session as a state senator.

The bill (LB1063) would change the maximum penalty to life in prison without possibility of parole.

In a pre-session survey by The Associated Press, 11 of Nebraska's 49 state senators said they supported repealing the death penalty _ versus six last year. Twenty-three said they opposed a repeal, versus 29 last year. Others were unsure or didn't respond to the survey.

The closest Chambers came to having the law changed was in 1979, when his bill passed on a 26-22 vote but was vetoed by then-Gov. Charley Thone.

Earlier coverage of developments in Nebraska is here.

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