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Nebraska – 19

History occurred on May 27, 2015 as Nebraska became the 19th state to abolish the death penalty.

On May 20, 2015, the unicameral state legislature voted to repeal the death penalty. The governor, as promised, vetoed the repeal bill.

Seven days later, the legislature stood strong and voted to override Gov. Ricketts’ veto of the repeal bill by a vote of 30-19.

The action will be challenged in the courts and on the campaign trail.

But, for now and hopefully forever, the death penalty is gone in Nebraska.

19 and counting!

See you along the Trail.

 

 

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Maryland poised to end the death penalty

The General Assembly of Maryland voted to repeal the state’s death penalty Friday. This would end a 375-year history of capital punishment. Maryland would become the sixth state in as many years, and the 18th state overall, to abolish capital punishment.

The state Senate vote last week in favor of repeal.  Gov. Martin O’Malley supported the repeal effort.

Reports are that Governor O’Malley will likely will sign the bill next month after the General Assembly session ends. It would take effect October 1.

At the same time, supporters of the death penalty could petition the matter to the 2014 ballot, leaving the question to Maryland voters to decide. In that event, the law would be put on hold until after the election.

For today, however, a step to celebrate!

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