Prior to Wednesday’s override vote on the Death Penalty Repeal, Nebraska State Senator Beau McCoy talked on my podcast, The Wheels Down Politics Show, about the process that could take place to restore the Death Penalty, should the override succeed.
Here is a short cut from that interview:
And here is McCoy’s full statement after 30 Senators voted to override Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of the Death Penalty Repeal:
Today, Senator Beau McCoy of Omaha is announcing the formation of Nebraskans for Justice, standing-up for the vast majority of Nebraskans who believe the death penalty is appropriate for the most heinous of crimes. Nebraskans for Justice is an organization that will explore the possibility of a citizen-driven ballot initiative to give Nebraska citizens the option of reinstating Nebraska’s death penalty.
“With the formation of Nebraskans for Justice, I am standing with Nebraskans who are thoroughly disappointed with Nebraska Legislators who voted to end Nebraska’s death penalty,” said Senator McCoy. “Once again, Nebraska’s Legislature has gone against the wishes of an overwhelming number of Nebraskans who believe the death penalty should be in place for those who commit the most heinous crimes.”
In the upcoming weeks, Nebraskans for Justice will look at launching a petition drive to add this issue to the ballot so Nebraskans can voice their opinion on this important issue. Nebraskans for Justice will be meeting with citizens, civic leaders and community organizations to gauge their interest.
“Launching Nebraskans for Justice is a direct result of the overwhelming response I have received from citizens throughout our state who feel that their voices were ignored by the Legislature,” said Sen. McCoy.
Nebraskans interested in Nebraskans for Justice are encouraged to visit the Facebook page for Nebraskans for Justice, to show their support for this important effort and engage in the process.
Nebraska lawmakers voted today to override the Governor’s veto. Senator McCoy was in the minority of senators who voted to keep the death penalty in the state. With this repeal, Nebraska has become the first Republican-controlled state in the U.S. to repeal the death penalty since North Dakota in 1973. Numerous previous attempts to repeal the death penalty had failed until this year with the effort spearheaded by Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers.