Tuesday, Oct 18 – Hearing on Death Penalty Referendum


Would Beatrice owe $28,000,000 if the prosecutors could not threaten the death penalty? Would 6 innocents be sent to prison? – keith —>   –

Learn more about the death penalty referendum and express your own opinion at a public hearing Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m., at the Nebraska State Capitol, Room 1525.

In 2015, the Nebraska Legislature passed a bill abolishing the death penalty. Gov. Ricketts vetoed the bill, but senators overrode the veto. 

Supporters of the death penalty gathered enough signatures to put a referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot, asking voters to overturn the Legislature’s action and reinstate the death penalty.

Tuesday’s hearing, required by law, will feature testimony from both supporters and opponents of the death penalty. Anyone attending will have the chance to speak – on either side of the issue.

Those who attend will learn more about this complicated referendum and will be able to speak out in support of their beliefs if they so desire.

Explanation of the Ballot Language

The referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot seeks to repeal the Nebraska Legislature’s action in 2015 that eliminated the death penalty and changed the maximum penalty for the crime of murder in the first degree to life imprisonment. 

When you vote, you are not voting directly to get rid of the death penalty or to keep it. You are voting to get rid of the Nebraska Legislature’s action or to keep it.

So a vote to RETAIN will eliminate the death penalty by retaining Legislative Bill 268. Those who believe Nebraska should NOT have the death penalty should vote “RETAIN.”

A vote to REPEAL will keep the death penalty by repealing Legislative Bill 268. Those who believe Nebraska SHOULD have the death penalty should vote “REPEAL.”

Source: Hearing on Death Penalty Referendum Next Tuesday | Announce | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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