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Filibuster of Repeal Bill just Delaying the Inevitable Demise of the Death Penalty

As the Nebraska Legislature continued debate on LB543, a bill introduced by Senator Ernie Chambers bill to replace the death penalty with life without parole, opponents of repeal mounted a filibuster in an attempt to stop a vote from being taken. The debate lasted all day Monday and an additional 3 hours on Tuesday until a cloture motion was called and defeated by a 28-21 vote, needing 33 to pass. It is unlikely the bill will be placed on the agenda again this session. “The death penalty in Nebraska has been a colossal failure, and the lawmakers and citizens of our state now recognize the inevitable demise of this broken system,” said Stacy Anderson, Executive Director of Nebraskans for Alte

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