Death penalty bill to be debated - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

Death penalty bill to be debated

Posted: Updated:

Posted By:  KLKN Newsroom
8@klkntv.com

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska lawmakers will get a chance this year to debate a death-penalty repeal measure.

The Legislature's Judiciary Committee voted 7-0 on Tuesday to advance the bill for full debate. The bill was introduced by Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, an outspoken opponent of capital punishment.

Nebraska has 11 inmates on death row, but the punishment has faced numerous legal challenges in recent years.  The last prisoner executed in Nebraska was Robert E. Williams, who died in the electric chair in 1997 after confessing to three murders. Nebraska has executed three inmates out of 1,600 homicide cases in the last four decades.

Chambers has chosen the measure as his priority bill, which increases the odds that will get debated.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Camp sites are booked through Monday

    Branched Oak remains full for Memorial Day weekend

    Branched Oak remains full for Memorial Day weekend

    Branched Oak officials say hundreds of people are at the lake this weekend. From campers to boaters and many more, those at Branched Oak took advantage of Memorial day weekend this Sunday. AAA estimates that nearly 39.3 million will travel this holiday weekend, and that includes trips to lakes and nearby destinations. Terri Huston a camper at the lake said, "It's just really nice to see the water and the green trees out here. And actually this weekend, the campers have all bee...

    More >>

    Branched Oak officials say hundreds of people are at the lake this weekend. From campers to boaters and many more, those at Branched Oak took advantage of Memorial day weekend this Sunday. AAA estimates that nearly 39.3 million will travel this holiday weekend, and that includes trips to lakes and nearby destinations. Terri Huston a camper at the lake said, "It's just really nice to see the water and the green trees out here. And actually this weekend, the campers have all bee...

    More >>
  • Overturned fuel tanker closes Saltillo Road

    Overturned fuel tanker closes Saltillo Road

    Overturned fuel tanker closes Saltillo Road

    Highway 77 is shut down near Saltillo Road due to an overturned fuel tanker leaking gasoline. 

    More >>

    Saltillo Road is shut down near Highway 77 due to an overturned fuel tanker leaking gasoline. 

    More >>
  • Parts of the law will go into effect in 2019

    New Nebraska Law aims to keep poor people out of jail.

    New Nebraska Law aims to keep poor people out of jail.

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Advocates for low-income Nebraska residents hope a new law will help keep poor people who committed minor offenses from wasting time in jail.
            A law passed this month will require judges to consider a person's financial status before assigning fines or setting bail. 
          

    More >>

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Advocates for low-income Nebraska residents hope a new law will help keep poor people who committed minor offenses from wasting time in jail.
            A law passed this month will require judges to consider a person's financial status before assigning fines or setting bail. 
          

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.