Special Session

Nebraska is having a special session to deal with death penalty laws. Governor Mike Johanns has now laid the ground rules for how that will be handled. Those the rules are meant to thwart attempts by Senator Ernie Chambers, the Legislature's most vocal death-penalty opponent from using the filabuster or laws already in place to kill legislation. Johanns' proclamation limits what can be addressed during the session to two areas. The first is to — get a jury involved with first degree murder sentencing. The second is to establish lethal injection as a means of enforcing a death sentence. The special session will start November 7th.