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Death Penalty Transparency Bill Advanced

LB238, a bill introduced by Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, advanced this morning 33-7 with Republican support.

If passed, it would:

  • Require two members of the Legislature attend the entire execution from the moment the convicted person enters the execution chamber until they are declared dead or the execution is halted, without any obstruction to their vision.

  • Allow individual(s) performing an execution to wear a mask or conceal their personal identity from the witnesses.

During the execution of Carey Dean Moore in August 2018, there were about 15 minutes where witnesses were unable to view or hear the process.

Senator Megan Hunt said there is no guarantee in Nebraska to witness the entire process, know which drugs were administered and how a prisoner dies, which limits our ability to have meaningful discussion and oversight.

Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks; Source: Unicameral Update


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